UN says June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of migrant deaths at sea
Roughly 1 of every 6 migrants who set out in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, U.N. refugee agency officials said Friday.
The period corresponds to crackdowns launched by Italy and Malta against private rescue boats.
The mortality rate was “dramatic and exceptional,” said Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Last month, 629 died, while 3,136 were rescued, according to UNHCR data.