At least 480 people have died or disappeared following shipwrecks off the coast of Senegal since Saturday, October 24, according to estimates by the NGO Alarm phone, which specializes in telephone assistance for people in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. Which organization, taken over by Vox populi, reports, in its macabre account, the « increasing » use of the Atlantic route by migrants to reach the Canary Islands.
According to Alarm phone, there have been five known shipwrecks. First, « two on Saturday, October 24, when 180 deaths were recorded in two separate incidents. Only 56 people were rescued by the local Coast Guard ».
Second, « On Tuesday, October 27, on the contrary, an 80-person boat leaving Soumbédioune collided with a Senegalese patrol boat. » The death toll is 41 dead and one missing, according to Alarm phone. Who adds: « Wednesday, October 29, a boat with about 80 migrants on board sank, according to the survivors, left two weeks earlier. More than 50 dead and 27 passengers were recovered off the Mauritanian coast ».
« Last Friday, another 150 people lost their lives aboard a boat carrying about 300 migrants. The accident occurred off the coast of St. Louis. »
Finally, Alarm phone also underlines having had to give news of another shipwreck, confirmed by the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), which would have claimed 140 victims out of about 200 migrants who left Mbour on October 23rd.