Death toll in Italian migrant shipwreck rises to 63

CROTONE, Italy—Four more bodies were recovered by rescuers on Monday, a day after 63 people, including at least 14 children, died after a wooden yacht carrying European migrants crashed into rocks in stormy weather off southern Italy. Recovered.

Rescue workers said most of the migrants came from Afghanistan, as well as Iran, Somalia and Syria. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 20 Pakistani citizens were on board the boat, four were missing and 16 were survivors of the nighttime shipwreck.

Many of the victims were washed ashore near where the ship sank near the seaside resort of Stectorto di Cutro on Calabria’s east coast, and some bodies were recovered from the sea.

“We met a survivor who fled Afghanistan with her sister to escape the Taliban. said.

MSF provides psychological support to survivors. His 12-year-old boy from Afghanistan lost all nine of his family traveling with him, including his parents and his four siblings.

Local authorities said 81 people survived the disaster, but 180 to 200 people are believed to have been on board when it departed from Izmir in western Turkey, with many more dead or missing. There may be

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has urged the European Union to take immediate action to halt the crossing of migrant ships to prevent further deaths, in an interview with European Union bodies. said he asked.

“The more people leave, the higher the risk of dying,” she told RAI public television.