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In a joint written statement from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), it was reported that a boat carrying 54 people, including 3 children, had left the coast Atlantic of North Africa on August 3.
In the statement, it was noted that the boat, which was on its way to the Canary Islands, had an engine failure after 2 days of cruising at sea and that passengers were stranded without food or water for about two weeks.
It was said in the statement that only 7 people were alive when the boat was found by the Mauritanian coast guard on August 16, while 47 passengers died.
In the statement, it was reported that 4 people with serious condition were hospitalized in the city of Nouadhibou in northern Mauritania.
Recalling that 40 more people lost their lives on the same route 10 days ago, the statement said: “As the number of ships bound for the Canary Islands increases, the number of deaths increases. In January of this year, more than 350 people died, more than 8,000 refugees and migrants took this sea route. reached Spain. shared information.
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