At least 43 people were kills when a migrant ship sinks off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean on Tuesday. 10 people have been rescued alive.
These immigrants came from a West African country. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement on Wednesday. This information has given by CNN.
UNHCR says this is the first time this year that a migrant ship sinks in the Mediterranean. The agency said the boat started its journey on Tuesday morning with migrants from the northwestern Libyan city of Zawiya.
A few hours later the boat fell into bad weather. At this time its engine became unusable. It sinks later.
The agency said the dead were all citizens of various West African countries. Survivors are from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia.
Hundreds of people lost their lives last year while trying to cross the Mediterranean to seek refuge in various countries, the refugee agency said in a statement.
The IOM and UNHCR fear that the illegal routes used by migrants in different countries will not be monitored.
In fact, the number of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean last year is actually higher.