Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- At least 140 migrants headed to Europe have drowned after a boat carrying around 200 people sank off the coast of Senegal, the UN has stated. The boat caught fire and capsized shortly after leaving the town of Mbour, for the Canary Islands on Saturday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
About 60 people were rescued, by the Senegalese and Spanish navies, as well as fisherman.
It is believed the migrants were attempting to reach continental Europe via Canary Islands of Spain.
This route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018. At least 414 people are known to have died along this route so far this year according to the IOM. A total of 210 fatalities were recorded on the same stretch in the whole of 2019.