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The United Nations is urgently calling for an “urgent” step up of rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the worst shipwreck of 2020

August 20, 2020

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have condemned the “tragic” deaths of at least 45 migrants and refugees after the worst shipwreck off the Libyan coast. It has been a year and they called it ” “urgently” needs to step up search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean.

More than 300 people died trying to reach the coasts of southern Europe in 2020, despite UN agencies warning that the number would be “much higher” as it is based solely on estimates and reports from survivors.

These stories revealed the extent of a shipwreck that occurred near Libya on August 17th. 37 migrants traveling on board the boat – mostly from Senegal, Mali, Chad and Ghana – have stated that they were traveling with 45 other people, including five children, when the engine exploded off the coast of Zuara.

The United Nations is urgently calling for an “urgent” step up of rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the worst shipwreck of 2020The United Nations is urgently calling for an “urgent” step up of rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the worst shipwreck of 2020

UNHCR and IOM have urged governments to “review” their current policies, bearing in mind that there is an “urgent need” to step up search and rescue efforts in order to service ships in distress. Without this reinforcement, they have warned that more “disasters” are to come.

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