Alleged migrants die in Mozambique


Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia were found dead in a container on a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and police said.

Police and immigration authorities stopped the truck en route from Malawi in Tete province, bordered by Malawi and Zimbabwe, they said.

Amelia Direito, spokeswoman for Tete migration services, said officials checked the container after hearing banging inside. They found 14 people alive with the bodies of 64 who died from suspected asphyxiation.

The survivors are now at an immigration facility, she added.

Poor migrants travel via Mozambique to South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised economy, hoping to find work.

The driver of the truck told a local TV station he was approached in Malawi by an individual who offered him money to take migrants into Mozambique.

“Two people were detained in connection with the incident, the driver and a middleman, who contracted the driver to ferry the people,” police spokesman Orlando Mudumane said.