Boat capsizes in Libya, drowns 90 migrants

Updated: Feb 03, 2018, 12:31 IST | Agencies

An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler's boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said

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An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler's boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

Survivors told aid workers that most of the migrants on board were Pakistanis, IOM spokeswoman Olivia Headon said. "They have given an estimate of 90 people who drowned during the capsize, but we still need to verify the exact number of people who lost their lives during the tragedy," said Headon, speaking from Tunis.

"What has been reported to us is that it's mostly Pakistanis who were on board the boat, but we still need to verify the nationalities and how many from which country," she said. Ten bodies have washed up on Libyan shores, two of them Libyans and eight Pakistanis, she said.

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No. of bodies that have washed up on shore

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