A Spanish aid organization has said that a boat carrying migrants had sunk off the coast of Libya and 200 migrants are feared dead.
The organization named Proactiva Open Arms has reported that at least five bodies have been recovered and two capsized boats have also been found. Each boat had the capacity to carry more than one hundred people.
Laura Lanuza of the Proactiva Open Arms said that the bodies pulled from the Mediterranean were of young men and it seems like they have drowned. She also said that smugglers often overload their boats and there could have been as much as 240 migrants on board these boats.
The organization wrote on their Facebook page: “We brought on board five corpses recovered from the sea, but no lives. It is a harsh reality check of the suffering here that is invisible in Europe.”
The recovery of these five bodies has also been confirmed by the coast guard of Italy. However, the spokesperson for the coast guard has told media that the estimation of death toll given by the Spanish aid organizations could not be confirmed neither did they receive any distress call from any of the boats.
Ever since the route between Turkey and Greece has shut down a large number of migrants are trying to reach Europe from Libya, according to the Italian coast guard in just last few days more than 40 rescue operations have been conducted.
The spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Joel Millman has said: “We have yet to complete March, and we are already racing at a pace of arrivals that has exceeded anything we’ve seen before in the Mediterranean. This is typical of spring, getting very busy, but it’s not typical to have the numbers be so high this early and the corresponding deaths that go with it.”