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AirAsia QZ8501: Search Operations hampered due to Bad Weather

Jakarta, Dec 31: The serach operations to locate the victims and wreckage of missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, which assumed to have been crashed and sunk into the Java sea in Indonesia, are being disrupted due to stormy weather.

Indonesian officials have confirmed that remains and debris found in the waters off Borneo are from the plane. Yesterday, more than 40 bodies floating in the sea were found. One of the search teams pilot said that he saw the bodies of victims holding hands at the crash site.

The AirAsia flight QZ8501, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday. The victims' families burst into tears and fainted seeing the bodies of their dear fellow.

Several memorials and prayers will be held today in Surabaya for the victims as this is the biggest tragedy for Indonesia. The governor of East Java province has told the BBC that all New Year Eve celebrations have been cancelled.

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