Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), stated on Sunday that the lethal incidents occurred off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The scenario is chaotic, we can’t be positive of the numbers, however we concern as much as 700 folks might have drowned in three shipwrecks this week, she stated.
The UN spokesman stated one of many shipwrecks was believed to have claimed over 500 lives on Thursday morning, including, We’ll by no means know the precise quantity, we’ll by no means know their identification, however survivors say that over 500 human beings died within the Thursday incident.
Survivors say at the very least 40 of the lifeless have been youngsters, together with new child infants, the official famous.
Individually, nearly 100 refugees are lacking from the boat that sank on Wednesday.
Within the third shipwreck on Friday, at the very least 45 our bodies have been pulled from the water and an unspecified variety of others are lacking.
Survivors have been delivered to security on the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo.
In the meantime, some humanitarian teams citing testimonies from survivors have put the loss of life toll from the shipwrecks at a lot larger.
Giovanna Di Benedetto, a spokeswoman for Save the Kids, stated survivors have spoken of round 1,100 folks setting out from Sabratha in Libya on Wednesday in two fishing boats and a dinghy.
UK coast guard rescues 19 refugees:
On Saturday, the UK coast guard rescued 19 refugees within the English Channel after their inflatable boat began to soak up water.
The rescue mission concerned the deployment of a rescue helicopter and lifeboats from Dungeness and Littlestone, that are coastal cities in Kent, in southeast England.
The UK Border Drive is taking good care of the rescued asylum seekers.
Europe is going through an unprecedented inflow of refugees, most of whom are fleeing battle zones in Africa and the Center East, notably Syria.
Many blame main European powers for the unprecedented exodus, saying their insurance policies have led to a surge in terrorism and warfare within the violence-hit areas, forcing extra folks out of their houses.
At the very least 194, 611 asylum seekers have reached Europe through the Mediterranean Sea up to now this yr, whereas 1,475 folks died of their perilous journey to the continent, in response to the newest figures by the Worldwide Group of Migration (IOM).