Migrant crisis: Mediterranean rescue as 20 drown

A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT

At least 20 migrants have died after falling into the sea about 50km (30 miles) off the Libyan coast, says the Italian coastguard.

The overcrowded boat was carrying some 500 migrants and a rescue operation is under way, reports say.

“There’s a critical situation… About 200 people fell into the water,” a spokesman told AFP news agency.

The central Mediterranean route for illegal migration to Europe is currently the busiest.

More than 50,000 migrants have reached Italy this year.

The route is also the most deadly.

 

Zainab Sa’id