Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dozens Eritrean migrants die after boat sinks off Italy's coast

Dead bodies are covered with sheets at the port of Lampedusa
A boat carrying hundreds of migrants mostly Eritreans & Somalis went down off Italy's southern coast on Thursday, killing dozens and leaving scores missing, officials said.


Italian coast guard Commander Floriana Segreto told that at least 73 people had been confirmed dead with another 151 people rescued, adding that "lots more" people remained in the water. Citing authorities, Reuters later reported the death toll had reached 92.
Officials said there were between 400 and 500 migrants on the boat when it sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.Lampedusa Mayor Giusy Nicolini told Reuters the death toll was rising and the victims were mostly Somalis and Eritreans.
"It's horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out," Nicolini said, adding that the dead included at least one child and a pregnant woman.
Coast guard ships and helicopters from across the region, as well as local fishing boats were on the scene trying to find survivors, coast guard spokesman Marco Di Milla told The Associated Press.
The vessel was thought to have left Libya, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.
some of the passengers rescued near Lampedusa early on Thursday.
Almost 500 people were reported dead or missing making the crossing from Tunisia to Italy last year, the UNHCR said.
Thursday's migrant shipwreck was one of the deadliest in recent times and the second one this week off Italy: On Monday, 13 men drowned while trying to reach southern Sicily when their ship ran aground just a few yards from shore.
 According to the U.N. refugee agency, 8,400 migrants landed in Italy and Malta in the first six months of the year, almost double the 4,500 who arrived during the first half of 2012.The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had recorded 40 deaths in the first half of 2013 for migrants arriving in Italy and Malta, and a total of 500 for all of 2012, based on interviews with survivors. Fortress Europe, an Italian observatory that tracks migrant deaths reported by the media, says about 6,450 people died in the Canal of Sicily between 1994 and 2012.

15 comments:

  1. RIP ! መንግስተ ሰማያት የዋርስኩም የሕዋተይ ስድራቤት ግዳያት ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም !!!

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  2. R.I.P all of you my brother&sisters!

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  4. OMG when this sad news will stop pls God help my people

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  5. mengiste semay yewariskum yehwatey egziabiher amlak ab gonukum yikun amen

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  6. nemeneseyat tekewen giziye aykonetn emo ehwatey mengestesemay yewareskum ab yemanay edu yekemtkum .

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  7. Ay ministry zena abkndi bzegatatka mhzan btaemi zehzn e you

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  8. أنا لله وانا إليه راجعون

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  9. Rip mengste semayat yewarskum yehwatey

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  10. RIP my people. hope all eritreans will remember this event .it's so shame after we pass all those years of war started from our fathers father still hunting us and we are still running away from our home land . may God remember all our sorrow and give us peace!!!

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  11. Afka zhabeka ab bati tahabika mzrab nbalu
    kabti zbelkayo tereke kalat zegaded enber fewsi koynu nhiwetn hager Eritrean &eritrea
    badosh zereba ele mgeleskuwo. Kemeysi
    Megemerta kab wegeney wegenka hara nkun

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  12. It is too sad what is happening to the Eritrean

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  13. I don't know exacty where to start. so much loss so much grieve too young lives. In times of like this we will lean to God for comfort. I know some how some thing good should come out of this. As right now it is ok for all of us to feel sad and mourn our beloved brothers and sisters- with out forgetting our sight true comfort, peace, grace and prosperity will come from God. I pray for the lost once and their families. I pray for all our People where ever they are. I mean to all eritrean. I pray for our neighbor counties. I pray for the world peace.
    Rest in peace my special brothers and sisters. Be with God
    We love you.

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