- Title: Coffins carrying bodies of drowned migrant women brought to hall
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: LAMPEDUSA, ITALY (OCTOBER 8, 2019) (REUTERS) COFFINS CARRYING THE BODIES OF MIGRANT WOMEN WHO DROWNED IN A SHIPWRECK IN THE MEDITERRANEAN IN A HALL ON THE ISLAND OF LAMPEDUSA FLOWERS ON COFFINS COFFINS / PRIESTS PRAYING / MEDIA / COFFINS
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 16:44
- Keywords: Mediterranean shipwreck coffins Lampedusa migrants women who drowned Italy
- Location: LAMPEDUSA, ITALY / AT SEA
- City: LAMPEDUSA, ITALY / AT SEA
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B08N9L3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Coffins were lined up on a hall on the island of Lampedusa on Tuesday (October 8), as search operations continued a day after a deadly shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea.
Italian coastguards on Monday (October 7) recovered the bodies of women who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in bad weather as rescue craft approached it off the coast of the Italian island.
The coastguard said 13 men and nine women survived the sinking of the boat, which was carrying more than 50 people when the disaster struck.
Many of the migrants are still not accounted for, including a number of children.
The Italian Interior Ministry says 7,939 migrants have reached Italy by boat so far this year, down 63% on the same period in 2018 and 93% on 2017 levels.
Italy has introduced tough laws over the past year to dissuade charity rescue ships from operating in the Mediterranean in an effort to cut back on the number of possible asylum-seekers reaching the country.
The government has also urged both Tunisia and Libya to do more to prevent migrant boats from setting sail.
(Production: Vladimiro Pantaleone, Antonio Denti, Emily Roe, Oriana Boselli)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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