MOSCOW (Sputnik) — About 60 migrants are missing after the recent shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea, Flavio Di Giacomo, the spokesman of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) said on Friday, adding that 80 people managed to survive in the incident and were brought to the Italian southern city port pf Brindisi.
"80 survivors brought to Brindisi reported to IOM staff that their dinghy with abt 140 people on board capsized: abt 60 migrants went missing," Giacomo wrote on Twitter.
80 survivors brought to Brindisi reported to IOM staff that their dinghy with abt 140 people on board capsized: abt 60 migrants went missing— Flavio Di Giacomo (@fladig) June 30, 2017
Due to the incessant and unmanageable flow of migrants, Italy warned the European Union on Wednesday that it might be forced to shut its ports to foreign vessels that disembark immigrants rescued at sea, according to media reports.
Almost 96,000 refugees and migrants fleeing war and poverty in Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa have come to Europe by boat this year, according to the latest IOM figures. Most of these people landed on the shores of Italy.