A two-year-old girl died in a shipwreck near Lampedusa on Monday. Eight other people are still missing, including two children. A total of 53 migrants were on board the Tunisian boat.
According to the Italian coast guard, 42 survivors have been brought to the port of the island of Lampedusa so far. Two other people were rescued by fishermen. Some castaways, including men, women and children, were able to reach safety on the rocks, while others swam to the island. The rescued migrants come from the African countries of Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire), as authorities in Lampedusa announced.
The boat left Sfax in Tunisia and suddenly sank just off the coast of Lampedusa. The refugee drama took place on Monday afternoon. Eight migrants are still missing.
This year 150,000 people reached Lampedusa
Another boat carrying migrants arrived in Lampedusa on Tuesday. This time 576 people came from Libya. The coast guard has registered the arrival of twelve boats carrying a total of 1,087 migrants since Monday.
Nearly 150,000 people have reached Lampedusa after crossing the Mediterranean since the beginning of this year, according to the Interior Ministry in Rome. In the comparable period of 2022, there were only 93,000. Lampedusa is and remains a focal point of the migration crisis (see video above).
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