Pakistanis among 12 dead, dozens others missing in migrant shipwrecks off Italy

09:33 AM | 18 Jun, 2024
Pakistanis among 12 dead, dozens others missing in migrant shipwrecks off Italy
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Another tragic incident of shipwreck has been reported from Italy's southern coast in which several Pakistanis were killed while others are still missing.

Reports shared by international media said more than two dozen children were among the victims who lost lives in migrant shipwrecks. Aid groups, coastguard officials, and U.N. agencies reported the events on Monday.

German aid organization RESQSHIP saved more than 50 people from a sinking wooden boat, and discovered 10 bodies trapped in the boat's lower deck. The survivors were moved to the Italian coastguard and brought ashore on Monday morning.

A statement issued by UN refugee agency UNHCR, said the vessel departed from Libya, carrying migrants from Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, and Bangladesh.

The ill-fated ship wrecked in east of the Italian region of Calabria. Survivors recounted 66 people unaccounted for, including at least 26 children, some only a few months old.

Such heart-wrenching incidents underscore central Mediterranean’s notoriety as one of the world's most perilous migration routes. Thousands of illegal migrants have died or gone missing in its waters in last one decade, per UN records.

Lately, 11 bodies were recovered off the coast of Libya, and last year, a migrant boat that had departed from Turkey crashed into rocks near the town of Cutro in Calabria, resulting in at least 94 deaths.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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