Five bodies recovered after migrant boat sinks in Turkish lake

Turkish rescue teams recovered five bodies on Tuesday, three days after a migrant boat capsized in a lake in eastern Turkey, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

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

As many as 50 people may have been aboard the boat, which went down in stormy weather, it said, citing the Van governor's office.

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

The bodies of five people, believed to be migrants, were pulled out of the lake on Tuesday, a statement by the governor's office said.

The search for other missing migrants continues.

Turkey became in 2015 a popular crossing point for migrants hoping to reach the European Union, including many fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria. 

A 2016 deal between Turkey and the EU slowed down migrant traffic considerably, but thousands still attempt the journey every month.