At least 33 people have died after a migrant shipwreck off the eastern coast of Italy’s Calabria region, ANSA and other Italian news agencies reported on Sunday.
Some 27 bodies were found washed up on the shores of Steccato di Cutro, a seaside resort in the province of Crotone, ANSA said, adding that more bodies were spotted in the water.
The current provisional death toll of 33 will “certainly” rise, the news agency said.
“Several dead are reported among the migrants, (and) about 40 survivors,” the national firefighters’ department wrote on the Telegram messaging app, adding the migrants’ ship had run aground by the coast.
The Adnkronos news agency said that more than 100 people were aboard the ship, while AGI, another Italian news agency, said a baby and several children were among the dead.
According to Reuters report, the vessel, bringing migrants from Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan, crashed against rocks during rough sea weather, Adnkronos said.
This comes after at least 18 Afghan nationals were found dead in a truck in Bulgaria this month who were among at least 40 migrants who were heading to western Europe.