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World 140 migrants headed for Europe drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck of 2020, UN says

09:15  30 october  2020
09:15  30 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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At least 140 migrants bound for Europe have drowned after a boat carrying around 200 people sank off the coast of Senegal , the UN has confirmed. This route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018. Saturday's incident was the deadliest of its kind anywhere in the world this year, the UN

At least 140 migrants have drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year, the UN migration agency said Thursday in a statement.

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  • At least 140 migrants headed for Europe drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck of 2020, the United Nations said in a statement Thursday.
  • On Saturday, a ship carrying around 200 people caught fire and cap-sized a few hours after setting sail for Spain's Canary islands, according to eyewitnesses, the UN said.
  • The UN's migration agency estimates about 11,000 people have arrived to the Canary Islands this year, compared to 2,557 up to this point last year. It said 414 people are known to have died this year on the route.
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At least 140 migrants headed for Europe drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck of 2020, the United Nations said in a statement Thursday.

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migrants drowned off the coast of Senegal when their boat caught fire and capsized, marking the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year, the UN again taking the longer, 1,400km sea route to the Spanish islands off the Moroccan coast , often in rickety, overcrowded boats with unreliable engines.

29 Oct 2020 . At least 140 Europe -bound migrants have drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year, the United Nations migration agency said on Thursday. The boat carrying 200 passengers caught fire and capsized on Saturday a few hours after leaving the

On Saturday, a ship carrying around 200 people caught fire and cap-sized a few hours after setting sail from Senegal's northwest coast, according to eyewitnesses, the UN said. The boat was reportedly heading to Spain's Canary Islands.

About 40 people were rescued and the remains of 20 people were recovered, according to a statement from the UN's migration agency.

"We call for unity between governments, partners and the international community to dismantle trafficking and smuggling networks that take advantage of desperate youth," Bakary Doumbia, the agency's Senegal chief of mission, said in the statement. "It is also important that we advocate for enhanced legal channels to undermine the traffickers' business model and prevent loss of life."

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At least 140 migrants have drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded by the United Nations this year. The boat caught fire and capsized hours after leaving the town of Mbour, about 62 miles south of the capital Dakar, for the Canary Islands on Saturday, the UN 's

GENEVA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - At least 140 Europe -bound migrants have drowned off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year, the U . N . migration agency said on Thursday. The boat carrying 200 passengers caught fire and capsized on Saturday a few hours after leaving the

The Senegalese government and the UN agency both traveled to Saint-Louis, Senegal, near where the wreck occurred, to provide assistance.

The incident followed four other recent shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean and one in the English Channel, the agency said, saying that migrants traveling from West Africa to the Canary Islands have become more common in recent weeks.

The agency estimates about 11,000 people have arrived to the Islands this year, compared to 2,557 up to this point last year. It said 414 people are known to have died this year on the route, according to the Missing Migrants Project.

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