At least 60 migrants are believed to have died following a boat disaster off Cape Verde, West Africa, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The International Organization for Migration told CNN on Thursday that 101 people were on the boat at the time, and 38 people were rescued, including four children.
Seven people are confirmed dead and 56 people are missing. Those missing at sea are presumed dead, according to the International Organization for Migration, which puts the death toll at 63.
“We are still unclear as to the circumstances of what happened to the boat, but being stranded at sea for such a long period of time poses serious risks in addition to sinking,” IOM spokeswoman Safaa Moshahli told CNN, adding that this carries a low risk. Body temperature. and dehydration.
According to the International Organization for Migration, the boat departed from the coast of Vas-Boui in Senegal on July 10 and was rescued on August 15.
The Cape Verde archipelago consists of 10 islands and is located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 570 kilometers (about 350 miles) from the westernmost tip of Africa.
Recently there has been an “increasing number of immigrant arrivals” to the archipelago, according to the International Organization for Migration, which adds that the nation has recently graduated from a low-to-middle-income nation.
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