On April 20, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed its fear “that at least 500 persons died last week in” a “shipwreck […] in […] the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy”. That would be based on the information provided by “the survivors of this tragedy in the Greek town of Kalamata” (EFE).
According to the UN Refugee Agency, it could be about “one of the worst tragedies involving refugees and migrants in the last 12 months” (unhcr.org).
People having been “rescued on April 16” are “41” – including “23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, 6 Egyptians and a Sudanese” – and before they had been drifting “at sea possibly for three days”, according to UNHCR.
The latter highlights as so far “this year 179,552 refugees and migrants have reached Europe by sea across the Mediterranean and Aegean. At least 761 have died or gone missing attempting the journey” (ibidem).