A boat carrying migrants has sunk off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. In this incident, at least 61 people drowned in the sea and their death is feared. Children are among the migrants who drowned. The BBC reported this information in a report on Sunday, citing the International Organization for Migration.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations migration agency, more than 60 migrants are believed to have died in a boat sinking off the coast of Libya. The IOM also reported that most of these migrants came from Nigeria, Gambia and other African countries.
The boat left the town of Juwara with about 86 passengers on board, the agency said, citing survivors. After embarking, the boat capsized due to high waves and 61 migrants, including children, went missing. The 25 people who survived the crash have been transferred to a detention center in Libya where they are receiving medical attention
After the fall of Libya’s longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, chaos erupted in the North African country. And since then Libya has become a major route for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea.
The IOM says more than 2,200 people have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean this year alone. Deaths have become a regular occurrence as migrants try to cross from North Africa to Europe in the hope of a better life. And such incidents have made the Libyan route one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world.