Boat carrying 25 Pakistani migrants capsized near Turkish waters, casualties Reported
ISLAMABAD – The Foreign Office (FO) has confirmed death of two Pakistanis, among seven migrants, died when a boat capsized in Lake Van of Turkey’s Bitlis province.
According to the press statement of FO, a total of 71 individuals of various nationalities were present on the boat when it capsized, including 25 from Pakistan. “Unfortunately, two Pakistani nationals lost their lives while 23 Pakistanis have been rescued,” it added.
It said that missions in Turkey are in touch with the local authorities to ascertain the identity of the deceased individuals. “The families of the deceased will be notified upon confirmation of their identities and all possible assistance will be extended to the bereaved families for repatriation of the remains of their loved ones,” it stated.
The FO statement further stated that 23 other Pakistani nationals were present on the boat. They have been rescued and are with the Turkish authorities. Those in need of medical attention are being treated in local hospitals.
The lake is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey, heading west toward Europe. It was not clear why the migrants were on the boat in Lake Van, which is completely within Turkey’s borders.
Turkey hosts more than four million refugees, including some 3.6 million Syrians who fled the conflict raging in their country since 2011.