Death toll jumps to 162 in migrant boat disaster

Figures on the number on board have been put at between 450 and 600
Physinews Reports: The number of people who died when a migrant
boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea near
Egypt has risen to 162, authorities say.

The boat sank on Wednesday , with officials
originally saying 42 people had been killed.

But Egypt's state news agency, MENA, says
many more bodies have now been recovered,
with the search still ongoing.

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A mother grieves after the body of her son is brought ashore
The boat capsized nearly 12km (7.5 miles)
from the Nile Delta port city of Rosetta.

Many of the dead were women and children
who were unable to swim away when the boat
sank.
Around 150 migrants are thought to have been
rescued. Those on board were described as
"illegal" by Egypt's health ministry

Around 150 people were rescued from the boat,according to reports Physinews make its research
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees
believes that the boat was packed with 450
people, while MENA has said the number
could be as high as 600.

"UNHCR is deeply saddened by the loss of life
after yet another boat capsized in the
Mediterranean," said the agency.

It added that the majority on board were from
Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.
Egyptian officials said four crew members had
been arrested. They are suspected of
involuntary manslaughter and human
trafficking.

The European Union's border agency has
warned that large numbers of migrants hoping
to make the journey to Europe are now using
Egypt as a departure point.

More than 300,000 migrants have crossed the
Mediterranean to Europe so far this year from
various departure points, but particularly Egypt
and Libya.

The figure is down from the 520,000 that made
the journey in the first nine months of last year.

According to the UN, more than 10,000 people
have died crossing the Mediterranean to Europe
since 2014.


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