The UN’s migration agency said 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in Mauritania due to low fuel.
Agency spokeswoman Safa Msehli says survivors have told the U.N. body that the boat had left Gambia carrying some 150 migrants.
Laura Lungarotti Head of the International Organization for Migration. She says on Twitter that more than 83 migrants from Gambia survived the shipwreck. The surviving migrants swam to shore and helped by authorities in the northern city of Nouadhibou, she further stated.
The latest shipwreck is one of the deadliest disasters this year among migrants trying to make the perilous journey to Europe.