Over 1,750 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean since the start of the year — more than 30 times higher than during the same period of 2014, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. Including deaths recorded in 2014, the tally now stands at over 5,000.
“IOM calculates the 2015 death toll now is more than 30
times last year’s total at this date… when just 56 deaths of migrants
had been reported on the Mediterranean,” spokesman Joel Millman told
reporters in Geneva.
“IOM now fears the 2014 total of 3,279
migrant (deaths) on the Mediterranean may be surpassed this year in a
matter of weeks, and could well top 30,000 by the end of the year, based
on the current death toll,” he said.
UNHCR spokesman Adrian
Edwards meanwhile said Sunday’s migrant boat tragedy off Libya in which
800 people died was “the deadliest incident in the Mediterranean we have
Edwards said there had been 1,300 deaths in April alone, making it the deadliest month on record.