At least 239 migrants believed drowned in Mediterranean, U.N. says

BRUSSELS — At least 239 migrants are believed to have drowned in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday, adding to the toll in what was already the deadliest year on record in the Mediterranean Sea.Survivor accounts suggest that two crowded boats broke up just off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said. The 31 survivors were taken early Thursday to the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has become a rescue hub amid an ever-deadlier crisis as migrants depart Africa’s northern shores in a bid to make it to Europe.The reports from the survivors could not be independently confirmed, but it is common for migrant ships to be filled far beyond capacity, and hundreds have perished in past sinkings. If true, the latest shipwrecks bring the toll of dead and missing in the Mediterranean to 4,220 this year, the highest on record, Sami said.

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