Boat packed with migrants sinks off Mauritania

Dakar: At least 58 people are dead after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania.

The incident on Wednesday is one of the deadliest disasters this year among migrants trying to make the perilous journey to Europe.

The boat carrying at least 150 people had been low on fuel while approaching Mauritania, the International Organisation for Migration said in a statement.

The UN agency said 83 people swam to shore, with survivors being helped by Mauritanian authorities in the northern city of Nouadhibou.

Survivors said the boat, with women and children on board, had left Gambia on November 27.

An unknown number of injured were taken to the hospital in Nouadhibou.

"The Mauritanian authorities are very efficiently coordinating the response with the agencies currently present in Nouadhibou," said Laura Lungarotti, chief of mission in Mauritania with the migration agency.

Gambians are still suffering after more than two decades of oppressive rule from former President Yahya Jammeh, who stepped down in 2016.

There was no immediate statement from authorities in Gambia, a small West African nation from which many migrants set off in hopes of reaching Europe.

Despite Gambia's small size, more than 35,000 Gambian migrants arrived in Europe between 2014 and 2018.

A 22-year oppressive rule by then President Yahya Jammeh severely affected the country's economy, especially for Gambia's youth, and contributed greatly to the surplus of migrants hoping to get to Europe or elsewhere.

Since Jammeh was voted out in 2016 and fled into exile in January 2017, European countries have been pushing to return asylum seekers. But Gambia's economy still suffers.

The coastal nation was shaken earlier this year by the collapse of British travel company Thomas Cook.

At the time, Gambia's tourism minister said the government convened an emergency meeting on the collapse, while some Gambians said the shutdown could have a devastating impact on tourism, which contributes more than 30 per cent of the country's GDP.

AP


Source link
Read also:
CNN › 1 week ago
At least 58 people were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Mauritania, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday.
UPI › 1 week ago
A Gambia-based boat carrying about 150 migrants Wednesday heading for the Canary Islands sank as it approached Mauritania, killing at least 58 while others swam to shore, officials said.
ABC News › 1 week ago
58 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Mauritania in one of year’s worst such disasters
The New York Times › 1 week ago
Scores of migrants who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat while 58 others drowned were receiving care Thursday in Mauritania after one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the perilous journey to...
Washington Times › Politics › 1 week ago
Scores of migrants who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat while 58 others drowned were receiving care Thursday in Mauritania after one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the perilous journey to...
Fox News › 1 week ago
Scores of migrants who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat while 58 others drowned were receiving care Thursday in Mauritania after one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the perilous journey to Eu
Breitbart › 1 week ago
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) - Scores of migrants who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat while 58 others drowned were receiving care Thursday in Mauritania after one of the deadliest disasters this year among people...
ABC News › 1 week ago
The death toll from a migrant boat capsizing off Mauritania has risen to 63 after the coast guard found five more bodies
ABC News › 1 week ago
The U.N. migration agency says a boat carrying dozens of migrants has capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, causing the deaths of at least 57 people
The New York Times › 1 week ago
The U.N. migration agency says a boat carrying dozens of migrants has capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, causing the deaths of at least 57 people.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR