Approximately 40 African immigrants, including 7 children are believed to have drowned, when their unstable boat capsized and sank off the Libyan coast on Wednesday. Aid agencies have said about 120 people were on the boat when it started to sink, many people drowned in the Mediterranean and nearly 90 immigrants were rescued and brought to Italy. The UN has stated that 80,000 people have, tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy this year alone.
The people that died on the boat are believed to mostly be sub-Saharan Africans, from countries like Senegal, Mali and Benin. One of the deadliest crossings occurred in April, when a boat carrying 800 migrants drowned when their boats capsized, nearby the coast of Libya. More and more people are crossing the Mediterranean, and the death toll has risen. So far this year, more people have lost their lives than the whole of 2014.