Geneva: The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) informed that suffering from dehydration for 15 days, a total of 54 people have died in the Mediterranean sea while attempting to reach the Italian shores from Libya. The report came on Tuesday citing a survivor's statement who was the lonely survivor of the sad trip.
The boat had left from Tripoli in Libya in late June. A day later the boat reached the Italian coast, but high winds forced the boat back to sea, the survivor told an UNHCR official.
Within a few days the inflatable boat was punctured and air started to leak out. There was no water onboard and people started to die from dehydration within days, he added. Over half of the deceased were said to have come from Eritrea.
Fishermen found the survivor off the Tunisian coast on Monday night and alerted the Tunisian Coast Guard who later rescued the man.
According to UNHCR, over 1,300 people have arrived in Italy from Libya by boat this year. Another 1,000 people landed in Malta.
The UN humanitarian agency estimated that some 170 people have so far been declared dead or were lost at sea attempting to make the journey from Libya to Europe this year.