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The deadliest shipwreck in 2020: At least 140 migrants drown from Senegal



According to a declaration by the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), the ship was carrying about 200 people. It added that “according to media sources, the Senegalese and Spanish fleets and fishermen who were nearby rescued 59 people and retrieved the remains of 20 others.”
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According to the IOM, the boat was headed for the Spanish Canary Islands, but caught fire a few hours after leaving Mbur, a coastal town in western Senegal, before capsizing near St. Louis, on the country’s northwest coast.

“IOM is deeply saddened by this recent tragedy, which followed four shipwrecks reported in the Central Mediterranean last week and another in the English Channel,” the statement said. The number of departures of migrant boats from West Africa to the Canary Islands has “increased significantly” in recent weeks, he continued.

“We call for unity between governments, partners and the international community to eliminate trafficking and smuggling networks that benefit desperate young people,” said Bakari Doumbia, IOM’s head of mission in Senegal.


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