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Haitian Migrant Death Toll Rises to 54


Turks and Caicos officials say the death toll from last week's capsizing of a boat carrying as many 150 Haitian migrants has risen to at least 54.

The boat was in shark-infested waters off the Turks and Caicos islands in the Atlantic Ocean when it overturned last Friday. At least 63 people were rescued. Several more are still missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard says police from the islands had intercepted the overloaded boat before the accident happened.

The intended destination of the migrants is not clear.

The chief of Coast Guard response operations in the Bahamas says that, in recent weeks, more than 800 Haitians on overloaded boats have been intercepted.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .

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