Italy shipwreck: Dozens of migrants killed in Calabria shipwreck

Italy shipwreck.

More than 30 migrants, including a babe in arms, have died and dozens more have survived after their overloaded boat sank in rough seas off southern Italy.

The vessel reportedly broke apart while trying to land with some 100 people aboard near the coastal town of Crotone in the Calabria region.

Many bodies have been recovered from the beach at a nearby seaside resort.

Large numbers of people fleeing conflict and poverty make the crossing from Africa to Italy each year.

It is unclear where this boat had travelled from but the Adnkronos news agency reported that those aboard were from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The vessel sank after it crashed against rocks during rough weather, the news agency reported.

The Italian authorities have mounted a large search-and-rescue operation on land and at sea.

The death toll "has surpassed 30," Danilo Maida, spokesman for firefighters in Calabria, said. "Several dead are reported among the migrants, (and) about 40 survivors," the national firefighters' department wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Italy's new right-wing government has vowed to stem the flow of migrants reaching Italy's shores and in the last few days pushed through a tough new law tightening the rules on rescues.

According to monitoring groups, more than 20,000 people have died or gone missing at sea in the central Mediterranean since 2014.


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