Mozambique: A truck found with 64 dead Ethiopians

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Human traffickers often take migrants through Tete province from Malawi

According to officials, at least 64 Ethiopians have reportedly been suffocated to death in a container truck that had crossed into Mozambique from Malawi.

Early on Tuesday morning, fourteen survivors were discovered in the vehicle in the western province of Tete.

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The immigration service had stopped the truck in the town of Moatize, as reported by Tete provincial director of health, Carla Mosse.

She said investigations were ongoing to discover how the occupants died, however, she highlighted that asphyxiation was the likely cause of death.

Amélia Direiro, the spokesperson for the National Migration Service in Tete, said the driver almost refused to stop the vehicle when asked. Her colleagues had heard noises from the lorry and suspected that migrants might be inside.

As a reminder, it is a well-known trafficking route for people hoping to get further south to South Africa.

The 14 survivors will be screened for Covid-19.