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Survivors of a boat wreck arrive a Libyan port. More than 350 migrants have drowned since the beginning of the year / Photo: IOM Screenshot

90 migrants feared drown off Libya coast: UN

The United Nations says 90 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya, after a people smuggler’s boat capsized.

The United Nations’ migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), believes just three people have survived the boat accident, in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea.

The boat was carrying mostly Pakistani migrants.

“At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning”, the IOM said in a statement.

It added that “10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores”, including two Libyan nationals and eight Pakistanis.

Two survivors from the disaster had swum to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, IOM further said.

The Libyan Coast Guard reported on 10 January that up to 100 migrants, majority of whom from The Gambia, Senegal, Sudan, Mali and Nigeria, remained missing in the third deadly shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the year. Now, barely a month into 2018 there are already reports of more than 350 migrants or refugees dead or missing on the Central Mediterranean route. Analysts suggest that 2018 may be even deadlier for migrants.

Ken Kamara

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