The two,899 victims signify a 50-percent soar within the variety of these dying making the ocean journey from the identical months in 2015, when 1,838 drowned or went lacking. The yr earlier than that, the determine was even decrease, standing at 743 folks.
“We’ve had nearly 3,000 folks useless which is actually alarming,” Joel Millman, spokesman for the IOM, informed Reuters.
“Europe’s carried out a outstanding job; they’ve saved 1000’s of lives this yr alone. However nearly 3,000 folks useless means they’re not doing every thing that must be carried out,” he added.
The central Mediterranean path to Italy has confirmed to be probably the most harmful, claiming nearly 2,500 lives.
All in all, 225,665 migrants arrived in Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Spain by sea in the course of the first half of 2016.
This time final yr, the variety of arrivals was simply over 146,000, the IOM mentioned.
The newest figures come a day after the tragic loss of life of 10 girls, who drowned in a rubber boat off the coast of Libya. On the identical time, an Italian ship saved a whole bunch of different migrants, in line with the Italian coastguard, as quoted by Reuters.
A number of days in the past, the Italian navy recovered a ship that sank in April of 2015. The loss of life toll from that catastrophe stands at about 800.