Somali Magazine – According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 60 migrants are suspected to have drowned in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.
According to survivors, the UN agency reported on Saturday that the vessel left the city of Zuwara with approximately 86 people on board.
According to the report, the boat was overwhelmed by heavy seas, and 61 migrants, including children, went missing and were feared dead.
Libya is a popular starting place for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean and access Europe. According to the IOM, over 2,200 people have drowned while attempting the passage this year alone, making it one of the world’s most perilous migration routes.
An IOM representative, writing on his X platform, dubbed this year’s death toll a “dramatic number that unfortunately demonstrates that not enough is being done to save lives at sea.”
The majority of the dead in the recent event were from Nigeria, Gambia, and other African countries, according to the agency, which also stated that 25 survivors had been moved to a Libyan prison center and were receiving medical treatment.