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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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.

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