Boat carrying irregular migrants sinks: 39 dead

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According to information published by the Spanish news agency EFE, based on officials from the Canary Islands Emergency Relief Agency, it was noted that the boat carrying irregular migrants 250 kilometers off the Canary Islands was found half-submerged and knocked down.

Stating that the 30-year-old migrant on the boat managed to survive and that the two people next to her were dead, authorities said the woman who survived the dramatic event said there were 40 people on the boat.

It was said that the woman, who suffered from health problems including dehydration, had been flown by helicopter and taken to hospital.
On the other hand, there has recently been a significant increase in irregular migration from North African coasts to the Canary Islands.

Spanish authorities have announced that 8,222 irregular migrants have arrived in the Canary Islands by 218 boats or boats until August 15 this year, an increase of 144% compared to the same period the previous year.

More than 230 irregular migrants have died of drowning or dehydration this year on their way to the Canary Islands, according to official data.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations, on the other hand, say the death toll could be much higher as many boats depart from North African coasts but whose fate is unknown.

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