At least 34 refugees, almost half of them children and babies, on Sunday, drowned when their boat sank off a Greek island, which is certainly the largest death toll in those waters since the migrant crisis began in Europe.
Six boys, 4 babies, and five girls died on Sunday morning, when the wooden vessel carrying them overturned, which is about three miles (5 km) east of the small island of Farmakonisi.
Mainly Syrian refugees, tens of thousands of have braved rough seas in 2015 to make the short but precarious journey from Turkey to Greece’s eastern region, mainly in overcrowded and flimsy inflatable dinghies.
Several have died so far, most of them taking the much longer crossing from Libya, which is in Europe’s worst migrant crisis in decades.
More information of the nationalities and ages of those dead of Sunday’s sinking off Farmakonisi were not instantly known.
The coastguard said 68 individuals were safeguarded from the water and another 30 survivors from the same vessel were found on Farmakonisi.
On Lesbos, an island which has borne the brunt of Greece’s vagrant admission, a Reuters picture taker saw 10 dinghies touching base inside of an hour and a half on Sunday.
One inflatable conveying around 70 migrants, that includes several kids, burst around 100 meters (90 yards) from the dried areas.
Local people pulled babies and little children – including a two-month old infant supported by his dad – shorewards on elastic rings.
Greece has consistently called for more assistance from prevailing voices in managing the deluge, and guardian Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou encouraged the alliance on Sunday to concur a more far reaching approach.