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Over 10,000 migrants dead so far on the Mediterranean sea

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<p>Over 10,000 migrants have died since 2014 in their perilous crossings of the Mediterranean sea to Europe, the United Nations has said. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> says there has been a sharp increase in the number of migrant deaths recorded so far in 2016. </p> <p>2,814 migrants according to the UN body, have died since the start of the year. This is against a total migrant deaths of 3,771 recorded in 2015 and 3,500 recorded in 2014. </p> <p>This brings the total number of migrant deaths to 10,085 in less than two-and-a-half years.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Migrants: <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>, 10,000 deaths since 2014 in the Mediterranean <a href="https://t.co/P4NsQVxaiD">https://t.co/P4NsQVxaiD</a> <a href="https://t.co/m4HRNqyhNR">pic.twitter.com/m4HRNqyhNR</a></p>— OnuItalia (@Onuitalia) <a href="https://twitter.com/Onuitalia/status/740188017873281024">June 7, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“You’ve now had since the start of 2014 — when this phenomenon of rising numbers across the Mediterranean happened — 10,000 deaths. That threshold has been crossed just in the last few days,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters.</p> <p>“This is clearly an appalling number of deaths that have occurred in the Mediterranean, on Europe’s borders just in the past couple of years,” Edwards added.</p> <p>Describing the development as an “extremely worrying dynamic,” Edwards repeated calls for finding “viable alternative and regular means of dealing with these movements”.</p> <p>The International Organization for Migration (<span class="caps">IOM</span>) says the migrant death toll so far this year is nearly a thousand above the 1,838 deaths recorded in the first half of 2015.</p> <p>Meanwhile, a total of 206,400 refugees and migrants had arrived in Europe as at Monday, since the start of the year, and have landed mainly in Greece and Italy, the <span class="caps">IOM</span> said.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>

You've now had since the start of 2014 -- when this phenomenon of rising numbers across the Mediterranean happened -- 10,000 deaths.