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2 lifeless and 30 lacking after two boats carrying migrants sink close to Italy

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On Sunday, the sixth of August, the Italian coastguard said that it has recovered two our bodies and rescued 57 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa after two reported instances of shipwrecks. According to the United Nations’ migration company, citing survivors’ accounts, greater than 30 migrants are nonetheless lacking.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) cultural mediations spoke to the survivors. According to the survivors, two migrant boats had set off from the Tunisian metropolis of Sfax’s port, reported Italy’s ANSA information company. One of them was ferrying 48 migrants whereas the opposite had 42 migrants onboard. Both the rickety iron boats went down in stormy climate on Saturday whereas they had been on their strategy to Europe. 

The ANSA reported that the victims have been recognized as a girl from Ivory Coast and her 18-month-old youngster. The Italian coastguard rescued the migrants almost 46 kilometers southwest of Lampedusa Island. 

The native media reviews have claimed {that a} migrant boat crashed in opposition to rocks when it was close to the Lampedusa coast on Friday. Since then, round 20 migrants had been caught on Lampedusa’s Ponente rocks, nevertheless, the Italian coastguards had been unable to achieve them through sea or helicopter.

An NGO group identified by the title Open Arms shared particulars concerning the migration issues confronted in Italy. Taking to X (Twitter), they identified that after crusing for greater than two days in tough seas, they had been lastly capable of disembark 195 rescued sea migrants within the southern Italian port of Brindisi. 

After 2 days on board and lots of hours of crusing in troublesome sea and climate situations, #OpenArms lastly arrives on the port of #Brindisi (Italy), the place the disembarkation of the 295 rescued folks from the #Mediterranean will quickly start. #EveryLifeMatters #HumansBeingHumans…

— Open Arms ENG (@openarms_found) August 6, 2023

The shipwreck incident comes within the wake of a said coverage of the Italian authorities which has drawn irk from a number of quarters. As per the coverage, the Italian authorities has mandated to assign far-away ports to charity ships in order that rescued migrants won’t disembark at close by Lampedusa or Sicily ports. This is finished to unfold migrant arrivals throughout the nation. 

As per a report in Reuters, the NGOs have criticised this resolution stating that this will increase their navigation prices, will increase the possibilities of shipwrecks, and delay the distress of migrant survivors. 

According to reviews, greater than 2,000 migrants have reached Lampedusa in latest days. They have been rescued at sea by Italian patrol boats and non-governmental group (NGO) teams.

Following the incident of two back-to-back shipwrecks, the Italian authorities in Agrigento have launched an investigation into this matter. 

Agrigento’s chief of police Emanuele Ricifari said that the traffickers would have identified tough seas had been forecast within the area and such people are loopy criminals. 

He stated, “Whoever allowed them or forced them, to leave with this sea is an unscrupulous criminal lunatic.” 

He added, “Rough seas are forecast for the next few days. Let’s hope they stop. It’s sending them to slaughter with this sea.”

These shipwrecks come after the tragic boat catastrophe which was reported in June, this yr. Back then, not less than 78 migrants died and round a whole bunch had been lacking when a  Greek boat capsized within the Mediterranean. 

Despite tragic incidents of shipwrecks, Italy is witnessing a major improve in sea migration. According to the newest information from the inside ministry, roughly 92,000 arrivals have been recorded to date this yr. This is in distinction to the determine of greater than 42,600 arrivals throughout the identical interval in 2022.