AT LEAST 38 people were confirmed dead when a motorized passenger banca MV Nirvana capsized off the waters in Ormoc city, Leyte early Thursday afternoon.

MARINA officials in Eastern Visayas said the boat was carrying 189 people.

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Survivors accounted as of Thursday evening reached to 134.

Victims were brought to Gatchalian Hospital, Ormoc District, Ormoc Sugarcane’s Planters Association, and Ormoc Doctor Hospital.

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Search and rescue continued for other 17 missing persons.

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Authorities have yet to reveal the passenger list and manifest.

Strong waves brought by bad weather caused the boat to overturn after it left Ormoc port about a kilometre away.

The boat was bound for Camotes Island in Cebu city.
Photos courtesy of Frank Villablanca, Visayan Business Post

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