A total of 1,087 migrants have arrived in the last 24 hours to the Italian island of Lampedusa, among them 576 who were traveling crammed in a fishing boat that was located and escorted by the Guardia di Finanza and the Coast Guard to the port.
This is a new massive arrival to the islandwhose reception center with 907 migrants is once again on the brink of collapse after the 12 landings in the last few hours and despite the fact that the transfer of several groups to Porto Empedocle, in Sicily, began immediately, Italian media reported.
After a day of continuous arrivals, on Monday night a fishing boat was taken to the port with 576 migrants from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan and Bangladesh that had set sail on Sunday night from Zwara, in Libya, and Shortly after, another 43 people of Gambian, Guinean, Malay and Senegalese nationality arrived and also set sail that same day.
Girl dies in shipwreck off coast
shortly before there had been a shipwreck off the coast of the small Italian island where a two-year-old girl died. The shipwreck also leaves eight migrants missing, including two minors, according to the testimony of the survivors, who explain that 50 people were traveling on the boat.
The Italian authorities have been able to rescue 43 migrants, the deceased girl among them, who have managed to reach the rocks on the northern coast of the island, in Capo Ponente. The little girl died during the transfer. Two other young migrants have been saved by fishermen.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior has reported that since the beginning of the year they have reached the country’s coasts 149,751 migrantscompared to 93,901 in the same period of the previous year.
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