Agency: 340 dead or miss­ing in 4 ship­wrecks in re­cent days

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A mi­gra­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion says that about 340 mi­grants have died or gone miss­ing in four Mediter­ranean Sea ship­wrecks over the past twoand-a-half days.

Flavio Di Gi­a­como, Italy spokesman for the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion, says that brings to over 4,500 the num­ber of mi­grants who have died or dis­ap­peared so far this year mak­ing the risky sea voy­age, the dead­li­est year on the record.

Di Gi­a­como said Thurs­day that the re­cent toll in­cludes a res­cue overnight by Doc­tors with­out Borders of 27 mi­grants, who re­ported that more than 130 peo­ple had been on board their rub­ber dinghy when it sank. Seven bod­ies were re­cov­ered.

Di Gi­a­como said the toll is in­creas­ing this year as smug­glers are forc­ing de­par­tures de­spite rough win­ter seas.

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