The number of victims rose rapidly, as only ten people had previously been reported dead by Senegalese authorities.
60 people were rescued from the dude.
- According to local authorities, there were about 200 people on board, which means that at least 140 died, said Aissatou Sy, an IOM representative in Dakar.
As early as the beginning of the week, the Senegalese government warned that the migrants had once again returned in droves on the dangerous route of the eastern Atlantic, where they were trying to reach Europe via the Canary Islands.
The voyage of more than a hundred kilometers is often made in fully loaded wooden boats in poor condition.