Tunisia boat capsize: 15 Bangladeshis return home

Tunisia boat capsize: 15 Bangladeshis return home

Fifteen Bangladeshi migrants who survived after a boat carrying them capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tunisia, returned home today.

A flight carrying the survivors reached at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 6:00am, said Assistant Director of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, Tanveer Hossain who is posted at the Expatriates’ Welfare Desk of the airport.

They were at the airport till filing of this report as the immigration process was yet to be completed.

Around 60 migrants, most of whom from Bangladesh, died after a boat carrying them capsized in the Mediterranean Sea after it left Libya for Italy on May 9.

HOW DID THE BOAT CAPSIZE?

Survivors told the Red Crescent that the tragedy unfolded after some 75 people who had left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast on a large boat were transferred to a smaller one that sank off Tunisia, reports AFP from Tunis.

The boat sank 65 km off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis. Fishing boats rescued 16 people and brought them to shore in Zarzis, according to the Red Crescent.

It said the bodies of migrants would take days to surface.

The IOM called it the deadliest migrant boat sinking since January.

According to survivors, the Italy-bound boat had on board only men, including 51 Bangladeshis, three Egyptians, several Moroccans, Chadians and other Africans.

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