The International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations has reported that at least 73 persons are missing and feared dead after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya.
Only seven people, who are in “very terrible conditions,” are still alive after a shipwreck that occurred on Tuesday.
The Libyan police and Libyan Red Crescent have so far found 11 bodies.
The boat was heading to Europe on a route the IOM has described as “the world’s deadliest migratory sea crossing.”
This year alone, more than 130 people have already perished while trying the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Missing Migrants Project of the IOM reported more than 1,450 deaths last year.
The group’s spokesperson, Safa Msehli, declared that the situation was intolerable.
In order to prevent perilous voyages, Ms. Msehli stated that additional efforts were required to “improve search and rescue capacity, provide clear and safe disembarkation mechanisms, as well as safe and regular channels to migration.”
Mimi Mefo Info