50 asylum-seekers dead as migrant boat sinks in Italy
ROME (AFP) - At least 50 asylum-seekers drowned and 120 were rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island on Thursday, officials and media reports said.
The Italian news agency Ansa cited officials as saying 50 bodies had been recovered including those of two children and several women.
"The survivors are in a state of shock," the local mayor of Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, said on news channel SkyTG24.
"They have been in the water since the early hours of the morning," she said, as emergency workers raced to pluck more survivors out of the sea.