South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won applied on Sunday for resignation following the criticism over how the officials were handling the ferry disaster.
Ferry Sewol with predominantly students and teachers on board sank on April 16leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.
The South Korean government came under attack because of slow tempo of recovere and controversial data being provided.
The Prime Minister publicly apologized to the people saying:
"Keeping my post is too great a burden on the administration. On behalf of the government, I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster."
It would be recalled that when Ching visited the parents of the disaster victims on the next, he was booed and someone even threw a bottle at him. The authorities were blamed by parents for not having done enough to save their children.
According to the official information available at the moment, the confirmed death toll is 187. All the crew members responsible for ferry navigation have been arrested.