Scores of migrants feared dead as boat sinks off Libya

Tripoli, Sep 5 (IANS) About 30 to 40 migrants are feared dead after a dinghy carrying 120-140 migrants deflated off the coast of Libya, the International Organisation for Migration said in a statement.

The migrants departed from the city of Misrata, some 200 km east the capital Tripoli, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Six to seven hours after departure, their boat started to deflate, causing panic among the immigrants on board and eventually drowning some of them. Ninety-one migrants have survived, the statement said.

The immigrants are from Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

Libya has fallen in a state of anarchy and insecurity since the fall and death of its former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the north African country a preferred point of transit for immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The International Organisation for Migration estimates that more than 350,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea this year, and 2,600 died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, many of whom departed from Libya.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here