Dozens of migrants drown

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Nouakchott

At least 62 migrants travelling on a makeshift boat have drowned off the coast of Mauritania, in the worst loss of life this year along the increasingly travelled western Atlantic migration route to Europe. Eighty-three survivors managed to swim to shore after their boat, which was heading for Spain´s Canary Islands, capsized when it hit a rock. The migrants “were mostly clandestine immigrants trying to reach Spain, coming from Banjul in Gambia,” Mauritania´s interior ministry said in a statement.