ISTANBUL (Reuters) – 7 individuals died and sixty four ended up rescued when a boat carrying migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan sank on Thursday in japanese Turkey’s Lake Van, the governor’s office environment in Bitlis province explained.
The boat sank right after capsizing as it approached Adilcevaz district in Bitlis, which is on the northern shores of Lake Van, the office claimed in a assertion. The incident occurred at about three a.m. (0000 GMT).
The lake is in close proximity to the border with Iran, from where by migrants on a regular basis cross into Turkey, heading west towards Europe. It was not obvious why the migrants had been on the boat in Lake Van, which is totally inside Turkey’s borders.
5 individuals ended up identified dead at the scene and two died at hospital, when the sixty four folks rescued were taken to nearby hospitals and shelters, the governor’s place of work explained.
It explained gendarmerie forces, unexpected emergency response groups and law enforcement divers were conducting lookup operations.
(Reporting by Daren Butler Enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore, Robert Birsel)