Lampedusa death toll rises

Authorities say a further 38 bodies have been recovered following the Lampedusa boat tragedy, taking the death toll to 232. A boat carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.

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Bad weather suspends search for migrants

Weather conditions on the Italian island of Lampedusa have forced rescuers to abandon their search. Credit: AP

Rescuers have been forced to abandon their search for victims of yesterday's boat accident on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Strong winds and high waves means conditions are too dangerous for divers to enter the sea.

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Flags at half mast after Italy migrant boat sinking

Flags are at half mast across Italy to mark the death of more than 100 migrants Credit: Reuters

Flags are flying at half mast in Italy as the country marks a day of mourning following the death of more than 100 migrants who drowned at sea.

More than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis.

Italian senators have held a minute of silence to honour the hundreds of victims of the boat accident on Friday morning.

Italy holds day of mourning following fatal ship wreck

Italy is preparing to hold a day of mourning after more than 300 people were drowned or feared dead after a boat sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Body bags containing African migrants, who drowned trying to reach Italian shores, lie in a hangar of the Lampedusa airport Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

The 20-metre (66-foot) boat is believed to have been carrying around 500 people, mostly migrants from Eritrea and Somalia.

More than 100 people were rescued, but hundreds are still unaccounted for.

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Death toll rises to 82 as search for migrants continues

At least 82 people have died and scores were missing after a boat carrying migrants from Africa sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, officials and rescuers said.

Rescue workers tend to the injured in Lampedusa. Credit: APTN

The mayor of Lampedusa, Giusy Nicolini, said 82 dead bodies had been recovered, mostly Somalis and Eritreans, and the toll was rising, with the bodies being laid out on the harbour.

"It's horrific, like a cemetery, they are still bringing them out," she told reporters.The coastguard said it appeared that there were between 400 and 500 migrants on the boat when it sank, and 150 had been saved so far.

Hundreds missing after migrant boat sinking

Searches are continuing for hundreds of passengers off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after a boat carrying migrants sank this morning.

Rescue efforts are continuing following the boat sinking off the Sicilian coast. Credit: RTV

Sixty-two bodies have been found and so far 141 people have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people.

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