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22 Madagascar migrants drown while illegally crossing to Mayotte

The sad news was reported North of the Island of Madagascar on Sunday, March 12, as fishermen delivered 22 corpses of men, women, and children onshore in the early morning hours. 5 more bodies are believed to have been lost at sea, and 23 survivors are believed to have fled.

A total of 50 people are reportedly trying to sneak out of Madagascar to Mayotte when their boat capsized in the Indian Ocean. Fishermen found survivors at Ankazomborona beach, the rural municipality of Beramanja, Ambilobe district, it is said.

According to reports, 25 were found alive at around 1:30 AM and two had died by dawn when they arrived on land due to dehydration. A 31-year-old female, and one male, are still missing.

Some 23 survivors are said to have fled in fear of arrest and jail time. An investigation by the marine industry in the city of Nosy Be Hell-Ville uncovered that 20 bodies were found in the sea of Nosy Faly and were taken to the peninsula Ankify.

Economic migrants from Madagascar to the French island of Mayotte have been on the rise in recent years, according to BBC, with smugglers charging up to $US700.00 for the perilous 400km journey.

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