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Seven died as the boat sunk in Lake Van in Turkey

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

27th Dec, 2019. 11:56 am
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boat sunk in lake van in turkey

At least seven people have died as the boat sunk in Lake Van in Turkey.

Officials say that at least seven deaths were reported as the boat sunk in Lake Van in eastern Turkey. Immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh were present in the boat.

Apart from that, 64 people were rescued. They were taken to nearby hospitals and shelters.

The lake is present near Iran. Sometimes, immigrants cross this lake to reach Europe through Turkey.

The governor’s officials have informed that the boat sunk after overturning as it reached Adilcevaz district in Bitlis, on the northern shores of the lake.

Five people were found dead at the spot. Two had died in the hospital.

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Turkey has been an important transit point for immigrants who struggle to go to Europe. Several of them trying to escape violence and persecution in their home countries.

Many suffer danger when they try to go through sea and land routes.

Other incidents have also happened in the past in other regions.

Over 62 people drowned off the coast of Mauritania is one of the disastrous tragedies this year among people trying to make the death-defying journey to Europe.

The boat that left from West Africa country Gambia on November 27 had been carrying at least 150 people, including women and children. It was headed toward the Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean when it tried to approach the Mauritanian coast to get fuel and food where that unfortunate incident occurred.


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