Tunisia boat capsize: 27 Bangladeshi victims identified


May 14, 2019

BDRCS for the victims of the boat capsized in Tunisia, 2019, © Independent TV

Identities of 27 Bangladesh nationals who died in the boat capsized in Tunisia on Friday have been confirmed. Our Restoring Family Links (RFL) department director Imam Zafar Sikder said: “We have confirmed the identities of 27 Bangladeshis after talking to four Bangladeshi survivors over the phone through an official of Tunisia Red Crescent.” He also said five bodies have been retrieved.

 File photo of the inflatable boat that sank off the coast of Libya resulting in many deaths of migrants, © AFP

Mr. Sikder added: “We are in constant touch with Tunisian Red Crescent, Bangladesh Embassy in Tripoli and Foreign Ministry here to get an update on the migrant disaster.” Earlier this week, we launched emergency numbers to establish contact between the survivors/ victims of the migrant boat capsized and their families. The emergency numbers are +88 01811458521 (24 hrs), +88 02 49354246 (9 am to 3:30 pm, weekdays), +88 01811458524 (9 am to 3:30 pm, weekdays). 

Tunisia: survivors of boat sank share heart-wrenching account, © Africanews

Friday's accident was dubbed as the ‘deadliest migrant boat sinking since January’ by the International Organization for Migration. Around 75 migrants had left Libya's Zouara on the boat and a total of 37 Bangladeshis among others. The boat capsized in the Mediterranean on Friday Killing 65 Migrants. UN refugee agency figures show that, about 164 people died on the route between Libya and Europe in the first four months of 2019.

Collected and edited by Shamsul Alam