90 migrants feared dead off coast of Libya

At least 90 migrants are feared to have drowned after a smuggler’s boat capsized off the coast of Libya.

So far there are only three known survivors, with two able to swim back to shore and a third rescued by a fishing boat.

10 bodies have washed up on Libyan shores, including one Libyan woman and a number of Pakistani nationals.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said that Pakistani migrants are increasing in number among those attempting to cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe.

IOM Data shows that the total number of migrants arriving in Europe is also up from last year, rising from 5,983 January 2017 to 6,624 January 2018.

The number of deaths is down from last year though, with 243 migrants dying in the crossing this January, down from 254 dying in January of last year.

This January was, however the second deadliest month since June last year, which IOM say displays the “randomness of danger” for migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

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