In Kiribati, 88 people are now confirmed to have been on the sunken ferry.

Ten of that number are primary school children.

The boat sunk a fortnight ago after leaving the island of Nonouti for the capital Tarawa.

Only seven survivors have been found so far on board a wooden dinghy.

New Zealand, Australia and the USA are continuing air searches in the central Pacific and six vessels are also involved - but any hope of finding any further survivors is fading.

In an address Kiribati President Taneti Maamau called for the nation to pull together in a week of remembrance and prayer.