UN says June saw ‘ex­cep­tional’ rate of mi­grant deaths at sea

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - From staff and wire re­ports

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.

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