MANILA, Sept 20, 2012 (BSS/AFP) - Seven people died,
including two children, and five were left missing after a small
ferry sank off the southern Philippines, the civil defence office
said on Thursday.
The boat, carrying 27 people, was travelling between islands
in the country's southernmost Tawi-Tawi chain when it went down
in rough waters late on Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council said.
Two girls, aged four and eight, were among the dead, the
council said. The identities of the others who died are still
Small, wooden ferries are a major form of transport in the
Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. However
the often poorly maintained vessels frequently have accidents
during bad weather.