in madagascar, 22 migrants died when a boat capsized off
ANTANANARIVO: According to the island nation’s maritime authorities, at least 22 migrants died when their boat capsized off the coast of Madagascar over the weekend.
22 migrants died when a boat capsized off
“47 people had secretly boarded a boat bound for (the French territory of) Mayotte, but it sank,” the Madagascar maritime authority APMF said in a statement.
“Twenty-three of the passengers were rescued. There were 22 bodies discovered “It added that the accident happened on Saturday and that search-and-rescue operations for the two people who remained missing were ongoing.
Every year, a large number of migrants attempt to reach the French territory of Mayotte, which is located in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar.
According to French authorities, more than 6,500 people were detained in 2021 while attempting to enter the territory illegally.
There are no reliable statistics on the number of people who have died while attempting such crossings. A French senate report from the early 2000s estimated that around 1,000 people died each year at the time.
Massive, hilly terrain Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, is home to plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet.
Madagascar, which is slightly smaller than the state of Texas, is located approximately 250 miles (402 kilometres) east of Mozambique, a country on Africa’s southeast coast. Madagascar is surrounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean, with the exception of its western border, which runs along the Mozambique Channel. Mozambique’s closest neighbours are the Comoros Islands and the islands of Réunion and Mauritius.
This is a serious issue in which migrants arrive by crossing Dangerous sea routes and channels, resulting in fatalities. The government should handle it!