IOM: Nearly 8,360 Migrants Rescued in the Mediterranean.
Wednsday , 19– 04– 2017 – 15:26:00
Tripoli, 19 April 2017(Lana) A total of 8,360 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean by the Italian Coast Guard, non-governmental organizations and commercial ships off the coast of Libya, the International Organisation for Migration ‘IOM’ announced. “The migrants were travelling on 55 rubber dinghies, each carrying between 110 and 150 people, and three big wooden boats, carrying 200, 250 and 500 people respectively, the organisation said. Those rescued were brought to various locations in Italy, the organisation added. A total of approximately 32,800 migrants have been brought to land since the beginning of 2017, the IOM said, indicating that . the total number of arrivals is predicted to reach about 36,000 in the next two days. ‘So far this year, at least 900 migrants have died or have gone missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean according to IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.’ Almost 90 per-cent of the 900 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean have been recorded on the Libya-to-Italy route, the international organisation said. =Lana=