Twenty-five migrants die off Lampedusa, update

More than 100 people rescued, several in serious condition

(ANSA) - Rome, February 9 - The death toll rose to 25 migrants felled by hypothermia off the stepping-stone island of Lampedusa between Libya and Sicily, rescue services said Monday.
    The initial death toll following Sunday's night's rescue was seven. More than 100 people were rescued, and several others were found in very serious condition. Powerful winter storms with high winds and waves made rescue operations difficult, officials said. The UNHCR said in December that at least 3,419 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2014.


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