More than 110 people could have died when a migrant boat sank off the Tunisian coast at the weekend.
In addition to 48 bodies which have already been found, there are “maybe more than 64 missing,” Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), tweeted on Monday.
More than 70 migrants survived the accident near the Kerkennah Islands, off the coast of the city of Sfax, on Sunday morning, according to the IOM.
The victims were mostly Tunisians, but there were also eight foreigners, including from neighbouring Morocco, according to the Tunisian Defence Ministry.
Six foreigners – two from the Ivory Coast, two from Cameroon and two from Morocco – were among those rescued, the Defence Ministry said, adding that the boat likely sank because it was overloaded. Rescue operations were suspended when night fell.
The Tunisian coast has turned into a launch pad for thousands of migrants seeking to reach Italy after controls were tightened in neighbouring Libya.
Many migrants crossing the Mediterranean head for the Italian island of Sicily.