In 2021, over 2,000 migrants died trying to reach Spain

In 2021, over 2,000 migrants died trying to reach Spain

In 2021

The massacre is unprecedented: the same number of migrants who lost their lives throughout 2020 died between January and June and the figure is the worst in the last 14 years

(photo: Antonio Sempere / Getty Images) Between January and June of this year, over 2,000 migrants died trying to reach Spain, including 341 women and 96 minors. This was revealed by the NGO Caminando fronteras, which monitors migratory flows on the border between Morocco and Spain, explaining how the figure is "catastrophic" because it is already equal to the number of deaths that occurred throughout 2020. Furthermore, the figures are the worst ever recorded in the organization's 14 years of activity.

According to the report published Tuesday by Caminandos fronteras, the Atlantic route to the Canary Islands proved to be the most dangerous, with 1922 deaths in 57 shipwrecks. They follow the route that passes through the Alboran sea, with 93 dead in 9 shipwrecks, that for the Strait of Gibraltar, with 36 dead in 9 shipwrecks, and the Algerian route, with 36 dead in 4 shipwrecks. The people killed came from 18 countries: Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Yemen and Sri Lanka.

Helena Maleno, coordinator of the NGO, has asked the governments of Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria to act as soon as possible to prevent the proportions of the tragedy from increasing over the course of the year. "We ask all governments concerned and especially the Spanish one" Maleno said in a statement reported by the Guardian "to immediately hold an urgent meeting to address the situation and protect the lives of people, especially those crossing the route to the Canary Islands. . We must act immediately to avoid having such shameful figures even in the next six months ".

The path that crosses the Atlantic Ocean towards the small Spanish islands has become even more dangerous due to the increase in the use of rubber boats to proceed with the crossing. The report shows that these boats account for 33% of all shipwrecks recorded in the last six months on that route alone. Furthermore, the higher number of deaths coincided with an increase in landings, which have almost tripled compared to the same period last year, and with the worsening of the conditions of the people held in reception facilities in the Canaries.

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Tropical Storm Elsa kills 1 in Florida; damages Navy base in Georgia

Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Taylor County on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning. The storm lashed the state with heavy wind and rain as it moved north. A Navy base in Georgia reported several injuries and damage to a campground after a suspected tornado struck the area.

The storm has been blamed for at least one death in the U.S. A Florida man was killed Wednesday when heavy rain and wind caused a tree to fall on two cars, officials said. At least three people were killed in the Caribbean before the storm hit Florida, according to The Associated Press.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Elsa was located about 80 miles northwest of Brunswick, Georgia, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to move over Georgia on Wednesday night then over the Carolinas on Thursday. Elsa is moving toward the north-northeast at about 16 mph, forecasters said. Heavy rainfall is expected and could lead to isolate flash and urban flooding, per the hurricane center.

Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane for several hours on Tuesday night before weakening into a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Elsa 2021 Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall on July 7, 2021, in Cedar Key, Florida. Mark Wallheiser / Getty Images

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