LacMégantic death toll reaches 33

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Today is an especially sombre day in Lac-Mégantic as it has now been one week since the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train carrying crude oil derailed causing a deadly series of explosions.The bells of a Lac-Mégantic church rang out 50 times to honour those who perished in the disaster, followed by a moment of silence. Some people could be seen holding photos of their lost loved ones. Messages of sympathy have poured in from across the country, and have been added to a growing memorial of notes, photos and flowers. Vigils were held last night as well in communities across Quebec including Montreal. Five more bodies were discovered in the ruins today bringing the official death toll to 33. The 17 people still missing have been presumed dead. Authorities have released the name of only one victim so far – 93-year-old Elianne Parenteau. They will release seven more names tonight on this day of grieving.An investigator with Quebec’s provincial police says the conditions of the recovery efforts are absolutely awful and they are expected to continue for weeks.

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