Migrant crisis: Somali migrants drown after boat capsize

Published: April 18, 2016

Migrant crisis: Bodies found in dinghy off LibyaSix bodies have been found and 108 migrants rescued from a rubber dinghy off the coast of Libya, according to the organisation SOS Mediterranee.
The boat was partially deflated, taking on water and its engine was out of use, the rescue group said.
Separately, there were fears of further deaths amid reports that a boat carrying up to 400 mainly Somali migrants capsized after leaving Egypt.
The unconfirmed reports said survivors had been taken to a Greek island.
A Somali woman living in Egypt told the BBC Somali service that three of her relatives, whom she had not heard from since they set out for Europe on Thursday, had died.
The UN says 180,000 people have attempted to reach Europe by sea this year, with nearly 800 lives lost.
Survivors from the sinking off Libya were being taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to Reuters.
They were citizens of several African countries including Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria and Ethiopia, SOS Mediterranee said.
They had been drifting for around nine hours before the rescue, the organisation said, in waves of around two metres high.
Source: BBC

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