Two fatalities, a lady and a child, were found and 31 migrants remain missing after two boats collapsed overnight off the coast of Italy, according to local media on Sunday.
According to ANSA news agency, the Italian Coast Guard rescued 57 migrants after their boats sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
According to ANSA, the first boat carried 48 migrants, while the second boat carried 42 persons from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Following the occurrences, a toddler and a lady were discovered deceased.
Since the beginning of the year, the number of illegal migrants who arrived in Italy by sea has surpassed 85,000 as of July.
In recent years, the Central Mediterranean route has emerged as one of the busiest in the irregular migratory flow to Europe.