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Migrants continue to land at Lampedusa after second disaster

Over 200 feared dead in Friday's boat wreck

14 October, 10:49
Migrants continue to land at Lampedusa after second disaster (ANSA) - Lampedusa, October 14 - Migrant boats are continuing to land at Lampedusa after the second of two major wrecks off the Sicilian island on Friday.

The two disasters this month may have claimed a combined total of over 500 lives.

The official death toll from Friday's disaster is 38 after the body of a three-year-old child was recovered but 150-250 more may be be missing after a boat thought to be carrying over 400 people capsized between Lampedusa and Malta.

There were 212 survivors.

On Sunday six bodies were recovered from the October 3 shipwreck, raising the death toll from that wreck to 364. Nevertheless, more boats packed with refugees with nothing to lose continue to arrive in Lampedusa.

The latest, a vessel with 137 people onboard including 22 women, landed at 5.00 Monday. The migrants were transferred to the island's massively overcrowded Imbriacola holding centre.

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