64 Migrants dead in shipwreck off Libya

Added On January 9, 2018

The International Organization for Migration has said 64 people are believed to have drowned after a migrant boat was shipwrecked off the coast of Libya. 
The tragedy is the first of its kind in the New Year. 
The UN migration agency on Monday said a crowded rubber dinghy was shipwrecked after sailing from Libya's coast.
The boat was reportedly carrying over 150 people on board.
The Italian navy and Coast Guard confirmed 86 migrants and refugees were saved in the rescue mission, while 8 bodies were recovered. 
The survivors were brought to the port of Catania in southern Italy for humanitarian aid.
Officials said the survivors were mostly from Western Africa, particularly Mali and Gambia.
The incident is reportedly the first of its kind in 2018.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR said in 2017 over 3,000 migrants were believed to have died by crossing the Mediterranean.