24 May 2022, 09:53

Three migrants dead as smuggling boat sinks in Mexico

AGUA DULCE, Mexico, May 24, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - At least three Honduran migrants
died and four were missing on Monday after a people-smuggling boat capsized
in eastern Mexico, authorities said.

Several others survived the accident in Agua Dulce in Veracruz state, where
the Tonala river flows into the Gulf of Mexico, according to an official.

"They retrieved three bodies. The four survivors report that there are four
missing," Agua Dulce civil protection chief David Esparza Diaz told AFP.

Many thousands of migrants cross Mexico each year on a journey during which
they face multiple dangers, including road accidents, drowning and crime.

The National Migration Institute said Monday that a 36-year-old Salvadoran
and his seven-year-old son had died last week while crossing a river between
Mexico and Guatemala.

On Saturday, four migrants died and another 16 were injured in a road
accident in the southeastern state of Chiapas, authorities said.