446 rescued migrants arrive in Sicily port

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Rome, April 22 (IANS/EFE) A group of 446 migrants, including 95 women and 59 children, landed on Wednesday at the port of Augusta in Sicily after being rescued by the Italian coast guard.

The victims were in good condition and will stay in housing projects reserved for illegal migrants in the southeastern Sicilian town of Augusta.

The migrants were rescued on Tuesday when they were adrift on a barge off the coast of Calabria in southern Italy by two Italian navy patrol vessels, according to a statement issued by the Italian armed forces.

It is expected that 545 more migrants will arrive on Wednesday at the port in Salerno, in the southern region of Campania, after they were recently rescued.