Italy shipwreck: 59 dead as migrant boat sinks off Calabria coast

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Devastating shipwreck in Italy. BBC NEWS/REUTERS

India: 59 dead in Calabria coast shipwreck

At least 59 migrants, including 12 children, are dead, and more are missing after their boat sank off the Calabria coast. Among the fatalities was a baby who was reportedly only a few months old.

The boat departed from Turkey and was transporting people from Iran, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

The vessel crashed against rocks during bad weather while trying to land near the coastal town of Crotone in the Calabria region.

Former Italian Economy Minister Carlo Calenda said that saving mariners in trouble should be done “whatever the cost,” but “illegal immigration routes must be closed.”

A total of 80 people had been found alive, “including some who managed to reach the shore after the sinking.”

Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi visited the area and said that up to 30 individuals might still be missing. Bodies were swept off at a beach from a nearby resort.

According to AFP News Agency, the people aboard the ship are “more than 200.” However, the actual number of people when it encountered the shipwreck is unknown.

Ursula van der Leyen, president of the European Commission (EC), expressed her sadness over the incident and noted that the loss of life of innocent refugees is a tragedy.

She said it was critical to redouble efforts to modify European Union (EU) asylum processes to solve the difficulties linked to migration into Europe.

Since 2014, over 20,000 individuals have died or disappeared at sea in the central Mediterranean. KD/Expat Media

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