Shipwreck take around 400 Lives in Libya, 150 rescued
About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors of the accident said.
The accident was the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean, where the death toll from shipwrecks has surged this year.
The boat, carrying about 550 migrants in total, flipped about 24 hours after leaving the Libyan coast, according to some of the 150 survivors who were rescued and brought to a southern Italian port this morning, Save the Children reported.
Before this incident there had already been more than 500 migrant deaths while crossing the Mediterranean from Africa this year, a distinct increase from 47 in the same period of 2014, the Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.
The survivors of the latest shipwreck were mostly sub-Saharan Africans, but no further details were available, a 'Save the Children' spokesman told reporters. It was not clear exactly when the boat had capsized.
The number of boats carrying migrants aiming to reach the EU from Africa has increased in recent weeks as spring weather makes the passage safer.
In February, more than 300 migrants drowned when attempting the crossing in cold weather and rough seas.
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