Death toll reaches 21 in migrant boat accident in eastern Turkey

Turkish rescue workers on Sunday recovered bodies of two more irregular migrants from a lake in the country’s eastern Van province after a boat carrying them capsized late last month.

The latest discoveries bring the death toll in the accident to 21, Birgün newspaper reported.

On June 27, a boat carrying migrants across Lake Van was reported missing, prompting a search-and-rescue mission.

Officials believe as many as 60 people may have been aboard the boat, which went down in stormy weather. 

The migrants on board are believed to be from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

Last week, search-and-rescue teams in Van province located the wreckage.

In 2015, Turkey became a popular crossing point for migrants hoping to reach the European Union. A 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU slowed down migrant traffic considerably, but thousands still attempt the journey every month.