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UN puts Mediterranean shipwreck toll at more than 800

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:16

The United Nations says Sunday's shipwreck in the Mediterranean killed more than 800 migrants, calling it ''the deadliest incident in the Mediterranean that we have recorded.'' Nathan Frandino reports.

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They're arriving in Spain... Italy... Greece... The relentless passage of migrants from north Africa across the Mediterranean has become an international crisis, brought into sharp focus by last weekend's shipwreck that the UN's Adrian Edwards says killed hundreds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) SPOKESMAN, ADRIAN EDWARDS, SAYING: "UNHCR now believes the number of fatalities to have been over 800, making this the deadliest incident in the Mediterranean that we have recorded." But the migration continues. ...and those who do survive the crossing are filling shelters beyond capacity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GAMBIAN MIGRANT, MOUTAR JULIOS, TALKING ABOUT THE MIGRANTS FEARED DEAD ON BOAT LOST AT SEA SAYING: "We should have help. It's because of lack of help that many people die in the sea, yes." The disaster has put new pressure for action on European leaders who have said in the past, that rescuing migrants tempts more to cross. The EU is now considering doubling the size of its small naval mission in the Mediterranean. And as ministers prepare for an emergency summit on Thursday... more migrants are already crossing and likely to face the same risks as those before them.

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UN puts Mediterranean shipwreck toll at more than 800

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 01:16