UNHCR says up to 240 mi­grants dead in two ship­wrecks off Libya

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The UN refugee agency said sur­vivor ac­counts in­di­cate as many as 240 peo­ple have died in two ship­wrecks off Libya. No bod­ies have been re­cov­ered. UNHCR spokes­woman in Italy Car­lotta Sami said 31 sur­vivors of two ship­wrecks who ar­rived yes­ter­day in Lampe­dusa re­ported that their boats cap­sized in heavy seas.

Sami said 29 peo­ple sur­vived the first wreck, re­port­ing that about 120 peo­ple had gone miss­ing. And in a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion, two women found swim­ming at sea told res­cuers an­other 120 peo­ple had died in that wreck.

In both cases, most of the peo­ple on board ap­peared to have been sub-Sa­ha­ran Africans, but Sami said aid work­ers were still as­cer­tain­ing de­tails.

Sami said the lat­est re­ported deaths bring to over 4,220 the num­ber of peo­ple dead or miss­ing in the Mediter­ranean this year, the high­est toll on record.

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