A boat carrying 189 people has capsized in the central Philippines, minutes after leaving port, the Philippine National Red Cross said Thursday.
The local Coast Guard reported that at least 36 people have died, with 118 survivors, and another 19 still missing, according to CNN Philippines. The Coast Guard said there were 173 people on board.
Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon put the number missing at 35.
The MB Nirvana had just departed Ormoc City in Leyte province bound for the town of Pilar on Camotes Island, east of Cebu, about noon local time when the disaster occurred.
The boat, which is 27 meters long, was barely 200 meters from the shore when it capsized, Philippine Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Ganet said.
He said those who have been rescued are being taken to hospitals in the area around Ormoc.