Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

| 31/03/2009

(BBC): More than 200 African migrants are feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. The boat carrying around 250 people is reported to have capsized 50km (30 miles) north of the Libyan coast in stormy seas and high winds. Libyan officials say 21 people are confirmed dead and about 20 rescued. A second boat with around 350 migrants was rescued, an official from the IOM told the Associated Press news agency.

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