LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Island Nation’s Maritime Authorities on 13 March, confirmed that about 22 migrants died when their boat capsized off the coast of Madagascar during the weekend.
“Forty-seven people had clandestinely taken a boat headed to (the French territory of) Mayotte, but that sank,” the Madagascar maritime authority APMF disclosed in a statement.
“Twenty-three of the passengers were able to be saved. Twenty-two bodies were found,” it said, adding that the accident occurred on Saturday and that search-and-rescue operations were continuing for the two people who remained missing.
The French territory of Mayotte is located north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, many people reportedly attempt to migrate there each year.