Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000: IOM

 More than 2,000 people have died so far this year trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

AFP| Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 16:07 PM IST
Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000: IOM

Geneva: More than 2,000 people have died so far this year trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, we have now reached a milestone whereby over 2,000 migrants and refugees have died as of this past weekend," IOM spokesman Itayi Virri told reporters in Geneva.

The organisation said around 188,000 people had been rescued so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.