8 people believed to be migrants found drowned in Nicaragua

AP News
Posted: Aug 02, 2016 8:07 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in southern Nicaragua said Tuesday they have found the bodies of eight people believed to be migrants who drowned.

National police said the bodies of seven men and a woman who appeared to be pregnant were found between Monday and Tuesday in Lake Nicaragua near the mouth of the Sapoa river, close to the border with Costa Rica.

Authorities are working to identify the dead.

Hundreds of migrants from Africa have been stuck in neighboring Costa Rica after Nicaragua closed its borders to people without the required travel documents in March.

Migrants have increasingly been trying to traverse the Central American region to get to the United States.

Nicaragua has deported dozens of Africans to Costa Rica, and Costa Rica has been accused by Panama of pushing 250 migrants from the Horn of Africa region across its border without any coordination.