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Search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean: Facts and Figures

Headline Title:  Search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean: Key Facts 30 September 2014 Deaths at seaBetween 1988 and 15 September 2014, 21,344 people are estimated to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe. In 2011 the number of deaths was around 1,500; in 2012, around 500; in 2013, more than 600.More than 2,500 people died at sea in 2014 up to 15 September, including in excess 2,200 since the start of June. Nearly two per cent of the people who had attempted the journey in 2014 drowned.Rescue operations Between 18 October 2013 (the…

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