At least 140 people have died when a ship carrying migrants sank off the coast of Senegal. The UN confirms the case, he says BBC.

There were about 200 people on board. About 60 of them have been rescued.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the ship caught fire and crashed last Saturday.

People were probably trying to get to Europe through the Spanish Canary Islands. According to the BBC, this route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018.

According to the UN, the accident was the worst in terms of deaths this year.

– Governments, partners and the international community must work together to dismantle human trafficking networks that exploit desperate young people, IOM Senegal Bakary Doumbia said.

This year, 414 people have already died on the route.

According to the Spanish government, more than 11,000 migrants have landed in the Canary Islands this year. By the same day last year, there were 2,557 of them.

2006 saw the previous spike. At that time, 35,000 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands.