As much as 60 migrants might have been trapped in a ship that sank in an japanese lake final week, Turkey’s inside minister mentioned Wednesday.
Turkey launched a search-and-rescue mission involving helicopters and boats after the boat carrying migrants throughout Lake Van was reported lacking on June 27. Up to now rescue groups have recovered six our bodies.
Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu, who traveled to Van to supervise the rescue operation, informed reporters Wednesday that authorities estimated the boat was carrying between 55 and 60 migrants when it went down in stormy climate.
A complete of 11 different individuals have detained in reference to the tragedy, he mentioned.
HaberTurk tv mentioned the migrants are believed to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
Final yr, seven migrants drowned whereas 64 others have been rescued when their boat capsized within the lake, which is near the border with Iran however lies inside Turkey’s borders. Smugglers are believed to be transporting migrants throughout the lake to flee police checkpoints on roads.
Turkey, which hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees, is a primary crossing level for migrants attempting to achieve Europe.