Eleven lifeless and over 60 lacking as migrant boats capsize in Mediterranean sea off Italy’s coast | EUROtoday

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At least 11 individuals had been killed and 64 went lacking within the Mediterranean Sea after two shipwrecks off Italy’s southern coast on Monday.

Rescue staff discovered 10 our bodies in a shipwreck carrying suspected migrants off the tiny Lampedusa island, German support group Resqship mentioned on X, confirming the primary accident. They had been trapped on the picket ship’s flooded decrease deck.

Resqship additionally picked up 51 survivors from the sinking vessel, however one among them died shortly afterwards.

Two of the survivors had been unconscious and needed to be “cut free with an axe”.

“They are currently receiving medical attention and await a critically needed emergency evacuation. The 10 dead are in the flooded lower deck of the boat. Our thoughts are with their families. We are angry and sad,” the help group mentioned in an announcement.

The picket boat had reportedly sailed from Libya and was carrying migrants from Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and Bangladesh, UN refugee company UNHCR, International Organisation for Migration and UN kids’s company UNICEF mentioned in a joint assertion.

The different shipwreck, east of the Calabria area, concerned a ship that had set off from Turkey reportedly carrying migrants from Iran, Afghanistan Syria and Iraq, the UN businesses mentioned.

The vessel caught hearth and overturned.

The Italian coast guard rescued 11 individuals from the vessel however 64 individuals had been nonetheless lacking.

Shakilla Mohammadi, a staffer on the Doctors Without Borders charity, mentioned she heard from survivors that 66 individuals had been unaccounted for, together with not less than 26 kids, some just a few months previous.

“Entire families from Afghanistan are presumed dead. They left from Turkey eight days ago and had taken in water for three or four days. They told us they had no life vests and some vessels didn’t stop to help,” she mentioned in an announcement.

The survivors had been taken to the Calabrian port of Roccella Jonica for medical care.

The central Mediterranean has the notorious fame of being one of many deadliest migration routes on this planet, with shipwrecks reported all year long. More than 23,500 migrants have died or gone lacking in its waters since 2014, based on the UN.

The UN businesses have referred to as on European Union governments to step up search and rescue efforts within the Mediterranean and increase authorized and protected migration channels, in order that migrants “are not forced to risk their lives at sea”.