The migrants, who had been largely from sub-Saharan Africa and included Guineans, had been on a ship that had left Dakhla, Western Sahara, a number of days in the past.
The vessel was heading for the Canary Islands when it started having engine bother. The passengers had been left stranded at sea and started affected by excessive dehydration.
A lone survivor was delivered to the Mauritanian metropolis of Nouadhibou after being rescued by the coastguard on Thursday and is receiving medical and psychological assist.
“Regardless of COVID 19 mobility restrictions, migrants are nonetheless compelled to undertake dangerous journeys”, stated Laura Lungarotti, IOM Mauritania Chief of Mission.
“Whereas we proceed to offer humanitarian help hand in hand with the Authorities of Mauritania and civil society, the necessity for predictable rescue and help procedures stays. That is all of the extra vital while public well being measures are nonetheless in place”.
Intensify efforts towards smugglers
IOM and UNHCR urged governments to step up efforts to dismantle smuggling networks whereas additionally elevated protected and authorized pathways to asylum and migration.
“These deaths are preventable, and they’re avoidable,” stated Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR Particular Envoy for the Central Mediterranean.
“We should take motion to focus on the smugglers and traffickers who supply false guarantees to migrants and refugees of protected passage to Europe.”
He added that, “on the similar time, we have to supply efficient safety and providers to individuals in international locations of asylum and transit to strengthen their socio-economic inclusion and integration with host communities, in order that they don’t really feel the desperation that drives them to threat their lives on these determined journeys.”