Seven people died when two ships collided on the River Danube in front of the Parliament building on Wednesday evening. One of the ships capsized and sank, an official from Hungary’s disaster management agency said.
Seven others were taken to hospital with light injuries, Pál Győrfi told a press conference.
The ship that capsized was carrying tourists, according to a police official. The report of a collision was received by police at 9.15pm.
Passengers registered on the ship were 33 Korean and two Hungarian personnel.
A search of the river is under way with 96 firefighters deployed, a disaster management spokesman said.
Interior minister Sándor Pintér and state secretary for health Ildikó Horvát were at the scene of the tragedy. Horvát said
three of the country’s largest hospitals were on standby to receive the injured.
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