140 migrants die in boat capsizing en route to Europe
Published: 11:19 AM, 30 October 2020 Updated: 06:58 PM, 30 October 2020
A boat carrying 200 migrants capsized near the coast of Senegal on its way to Europe illegally. At least 140 migrants have died in the incident, said United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement on Thursday.
The boat caught fire and capsized after leaving the Mbour town on the Senegal coast on Saturday, the IOM said, adding, “About 60 people have been rescued in the incident.”
It is thought that the boat with the migrants set sail for Europe via the Canary Islands in Spain. The names of the deceased were not immediately known. The IOM has expressed deep grief over the casualties.
The Canary Islands route has become popular since 2018 to reach Europe from West Africa. The United Nations, meanwhile, has called it the deadliest migrant death from the capsizing boat in 2020.
According to the Spanish government, 2,557 migrants entered the Canary Islands at this time last year, bringing the number to 11,000 this year. This year, 414 immigration-expectant drowned while trying to enter Europe illegally.