Lampedusa boat disaster: Divers recover more bodies


Divers in Italy have been recovering more bodies from the boat of African migrants that sank on Thursday.

Sixteen bodies have so far been brought out on Sunday, bringing the official death toll to 127. Up to 250 people are missing and 155 have survived the accident off Lampedusa island.

The authorities have denied allegations that they were slow to mount a rescue.

France has called for an urgent EU meeting after Italy requested help to deal with the influx of migrants.

Tens of thousands of migrants attempt the perilous crossing from North Africa to Sicily and other Italian islands each year, and accidents are common – but this week’s shipwreck was among the deadliest on record.

Read more : BBC News Europe




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