| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Greece boat disaster: 12 Pakistanis among survivors

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Saturday that 12 Pakistanis were among the survivors from a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coast of Greece this week.

The administration has not yet been able to confirm the number of Pakistanis who perished or their identities, according to ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch.

People seeking missing relatives were urged to share with the ministry identity documents and DNA reports from authenticated laboratories, she said.

The death toll in Wednesday’s disaster could run to many hundreds as witness accounts suggested that between 400 and 750 people had packed the fishing boat that sank about 50 miles (80 km) from the southern Greek town of Pylos.

Greek authorities have said 104 survivors and 78 bodies of the dead were brought ashore in the immediate aftermath. Hopes were fading of finding any more people alive.

Most of the people on board were from Egypt, Syria and Pakistan, Greek government officials have said.

  • Reuters