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More than 40 refugees drown as their boats capsize off Greece

  • More than 40 drown in Aegean Sea
  • Search continuing for survivors
  • Cold weather not deterring migrants

The news

More than 40 migrants and refugees have drowned after their boats went down in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece.

20 children are among the dead.

Kalolimnos

One boat sank off the small Greek island of Kalolimnos. 34 people on board were drowned: seven men, 16 women and 11 children.

It is feared there were up to 100 on board. The search is continuing for more survivors.

The Greek coastguard says 26 people were rescued from the stricken vessel.

Farmakonisi

Eight people lost their lives when their boat sank off the island of Farmakonisi.

48 people were on board. 41 made it to shore but one woman and six children were lost.

The context

Figures suggest an estimated 36,000 people have arrived on the Greek islands since the start of the month.

113 have died, making this the deadliest January since the start of the migrant crisis.

“The migrant flux is testament to the despair of refugees,” said the UNHCR’s spokeperson in Greece, Kaity Kehayioglu. “We must find more organised and secure legal means to manage the arrivals.”

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