EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow described the boat tragedy involving Gambians in the coast of Mauritania as a national tragedy.
Up to 62 young people drowned in their attempt to reach Europe after taking off the shores of Barra in the North Bank Region with one hundred and fifty men and women including children on board on Thursday.
Bereaved families have since Wednesday observed ‘a state of national mourning’ for what the president labelled as ‘a matter of concern’.
In a televised statement on Saturday, President Barrow announced his government’s efforts to provide humanitarian support to dozens of survivors currently in Mauritania.
“A high level government delegation has been dispatched to Mauritania, working with local authorities and embassy staff currently in the Mauritanian city of Nouadhbou, where the accident happened to provide support to the victims and participate in the recovery efforts”, he said.
He mourned that, “to lose sixty young lives at sea is a national tragedy and a matter of grave concern”.
The United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) put the death toll at sixty-two, noting that eighty-five survivors were accounted for, including seven Senegalese.