20 pc rise this year in migrant deaths; most in Mediterranean

Geneva: The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 — a more than 20-per cent increase over 2015 — with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said on Friday.
In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said.
That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015.
And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement.
The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new life in Europe, remains by far the world’s deadliest, accounting for over 60 per cent of the total number of migrant deaths, the statement said.
As of late Thursday, IOM said 4,812 people had died trying to make the treacherous crossings to Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain since the beginning of 2016.
But it warned that number was likely already dated, pointing to information it had received on Friday that another 88 people were feared missing after a boat carrying 114 was reported sunk off the coast of Zawiya in Libya.— AFP