Surabaya vigil held for victims

A vigil has been held in the Indonesian city of Surabaya for the victims of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash.

Hundreds of residents and relatives of those on board lit candles and observed a minute’s silence for the victims.

The majority of those on board were Indonesians.

Hundreds of people, including young children, turned out to the vigil in Surabaya on Wednesday evening.

Surabaya’s Mayor Tri Rismaharini said: “Let us pray for the grieving families of those on board the plane. Let us pray this will be the last tragedy for Surabaya.”

All New Year’s Eve celebrations in East Java province were cancelled.

In Jakarta, the capital, residents began new year festivities with a prayer for the victims. A number of other cities cancelled or scaled down their new year celebrations.

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