14 migrants found dead off Venezuela’s coast

15 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

CARACAS: Fourteen people believed to have traveled from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago were found dead in waters near the South American nation’s coast, Venezuelan authorities said on Sunday, hours after Trinidad and Tobago confirmed the first bodies being found, reports Reuters.

At least 40,000 Venezuelans live in Trinidad and Tobago, the majority fleeing their country’s economic crisis, unemployment and lack of basic public services, often traveling in small rickety boats above their capacity, with limited supplies of fuel and food.

Last year, at least two ships that set off from Venezuela en route to the archipelago disappeared at sea.