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Families of dead migrants express outrage over Ocean Gate rescue effort and other world news you may have missed


Relatives of a migrant ship capsized in the Mediterranean expressed dismay and disbelief on June 14 over the multimillion-dollar attempt to salvage the OceanGate submersible that went missing in the Atlantic Ocean while trying to visit the wreck of the Titanic, According to The Guardian.

Anees Majeed’s relatives are just five of about 750 people on the overcrowded fishing boat.many People on board, like Majid’s family, are from Pakistan. News of the submersible’s disappearance came days after the migrant boat sank, with five passengers on board who had each paid $250,000 for the experience.

Despite passengers signing waivers acknowledging the ship was “experimental” and potentially dead, the multimillion-dollar rescue effort was launched and made headlines around the world. Meanwhile, the Greek coastguard has been accused of causing the boat to capsize in the days after the migrant boat sank.

A photo shows an aerial view of a boat carrying migrants before it sank.

Aerial view of a boat carrying migrants before sinking in Kalamata, Greece, June 14. (Greek Coast Guard/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

is speaking protector, Majid said: “We were shocked to know that this rescue mission will cost millions of dollars. They used all their resources and this search turned up a lot of information. But they did not bother to find the hundreds of Pakistanis on the Greek boat and other people.”

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The discrepancy between the efforts and attention to these two tragedies has sparked discussions about the inequalities experienced by the world’s poor.At least 500 still on migrant fishing boat lost. Between 50 and 100 children were reportedly on board.

Coast Guard Maj. Gen. John Mogg during a news conference about the missing Titan submersible.

Coast Guard Maj. Gen. John Mogg during a news conference about the missing Titan submersible. (Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency, Getty Images)

Similar cases have happened before. In 2021, NGOs blame the British and French coastguards Ignoring the distress calls of people on board a sunken boat in the English Channel. Twenty-seven people drowned.

According to United Nations statisticsestimated at more than 27,000 people Over the past nine years, scores of people have disappeared or died crossing the Mediterranean, making it the most dangerous migrant crossing in the world.but The route remains vital for those traveling to northern and western Europe hoping to escape poverty and war.

El Niño could lead to rise in viral illnesses, WHO says

Dengue patients under mosquito nets at a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.

Dengue fever patients under mosquito nets at a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, 2021. (Arif Ali/AFP via Getty Images)

The head of the World Health Organization said the agency was bracing for an increase in viral illnesses caused by El Niño weather patterns. Reuters reports. Tedros said the spread of viruses such as Zika, chikungunya and dengue would increase this year and next due to the El Niño phenomenon (increased surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean). Tedros added that warmer temperatures have led to an increase in the number of mosquitoes that transmit some deadly viruses.

Paris gas explosion injures dozens

A gas explosion in Paris sent smoke billowing from the rooftops.

On June 21, a gas explosion occurred in Paris, and smoke billowed from the roofs. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

Gas explosion in Paris’ historic Latin Quarter damages a building and injures more than 30 CBS News reports. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told local news that four people were in an “absolute state of emergency” among the injured. About 320 firefighters and more than 200 police officers were on the scene last Wednesday. The cause of the explosion has not been ascertained.


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