At least eight migrants have been found dead in Mexico’s Rio Grande River. The incident happened as dozens of migrants attempted a dangerous crossing at Eagle Pass near Texas, officials said Friday.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexican officials witnessed the incident Thursday while speaking to a large group of people crossing the river. Migrants are in this condition due to strong current in the river due to heavy rainfall.
According to a CBP statement, US officials recovered six bodies and Mexican teams recovered two others.
U.S. officials rescued 37 people and detained 16, CBP said. Meanwhile, Mexican officials have taken 39 migrants into custody. Officials on both sides of the border continue to search for possible victims.
The CPD did not release any information about the country of origin of the migrants and the rescue operation. The local agency in Texas also did not provide any information on this matter.
The Del Rio portion of the Border Patrol, which includes Eagle Pass, has become the busiest corridor for illegal crossings. In July, officials stopped about 50,000 migrants. The Rio Grande Valley is in the second position, stopping about 35 thousand migrants.
The region attracts migrants from dozens of countries for migration. Among these migrants are many families with children. Six of the 10 stops in the Del Rio sector in July involved immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua.
A 395-kilometer stretch of the Rio Grande is particularly dangerous because the river’s current can be unexpectedly swift and change rapidly. Crossing rivers can be challenging even for strong swimmers.
In a news release last month, the CPD said more than 200 migrant bodies were found in the area from October to July.
Studies by the United Nations International Organization for Migration and others point to an increase in the death toll due to an increase in the number of crossings. Over the past three decades, thousands of migrants have died of dehydration or drowning while entering the United States from Mexico. Source: UNB