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Up to 60 migrants feared dead in a lake after their boat sank in Eastern Turkey

ANKARA: Turkey’s interior minister says up to 60 migrants may have been trapped in a boat that sank in a lake in eastern Turkey last week

A ferry carrying migrants across Lake Van was reported missing on June 27 due to stormy weather. Turkey launched a search-and-rescue mission involving helicopters and boats. Up till now six bodies have been recovered.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has informed that the experts believed the drowned boat was under 110 to 120 metres of water body. An underwater imaging system was dispatched from Ankara to locate the wreck.

HaberTurk television reported that the migrants were probably belonged to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. The lake is situated along a major transit route for migrants coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.