Monday, July 26, 2021

At least 17 Bangladeshi migrants drown off Mediterranean coast in Tunisia

At least 17 ‘Bengali’ migrants were drowned and 380 rescued in a shipwreck incident off the Mediterranean coast in Tunisia.

 

The migrants were trying to cross over to Italy from Libya through the Mediterranean, Reuters quoted the Tunisian Red Crescent Society on Wednesday.

The boat had set off from Zuwara on the Northwest coast of Libya. It carried migrants from Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali and Bangladesh, said the Tunisian Red Crescent Society.

There has been an increase in the number of people trying to cross over from Libya into Europe through the Mediterranean sea.

Since June, there have been at least 3 reported incidents involving Bangladeshi migrants trying to cross over to Italy from Libya through Tunisia. 49 Bangladeshi migrants were rescued off the coast of Tunisia from a sunken boat in  the Mediterranean sea on July 11. The undocumented Bangladeshi migrants had boarded the oil platform Didon after their boat sank about 80 kilometers off the coastal town of Zarzis near the Libyan border.

43 Bangladeshi migrants drowned in the Mediterranean sea trying to go to Italy from Libya on July 3,  .

In a similar incident on June 25, Tunisian authorities had rescued 264 Bangladeshi  migrants stranded at the Mediterranean sea trying to cross into Europe from neighbouring Libya.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from January this year till July 21, 792  migrants have died in the central Mediterranean sea since January this year trying to cross over to Europe.

Rajesh Jha/Dhaka

- Advertisement -
Latest news

Nine tourists killed in landslide incident at Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, nine people were killed while three other injured when boulders fell on a tourist tempo traveller on the Sangla-Chitkul road in...

Army, Navy, Air Force engaged in rescue & relief work in flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa

The Army, Navy and Air Force are working round the clock to rescue the people affected by floods in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. They are...

Over 43.31 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in country so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive

More than 43 crore 31 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. COVID-19 recovery rate...

PM Modi calls upon countrymen to move forward with mantra of ‘Nation First, Always First’, as India enters its 75th year of Independence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the countrymen to make a sacred Amrit resolve on Amrit Mahotsav that the country remains to...
Related news

Nine tourists killed in landslide incident at Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh, nine people were killed while three other injured when boulders fell on a tourist tempo traveller on the Sangla-Chitkul road in...

Army, Navy, Air Force engaged in rescue & relief work in flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa

The Army, Navy and Air Force are working round the clock to rescue the people affected by floods in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. They are...

Over 43.31 crore COVID vaccine doses administered in country so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive

More than 43 crore 31 lakh COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive. COVID-19 recovery rate...

PM Modi calls upon countrymen to move forward with mantra of ‘Nation First, Always First’, as India enters its 75th year of Independence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the countrymen to make a sacred Amrit resolve on Amrit Mahotsav that the country remains to...