New distress calls have been received from migrant boats in the Mediterranean, as EU ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss the crisis.Italy and Malta said they were working on rescues of at least two boats in distress with hundreds on board.
The EU is under pressure after scaling back its rescue efforts last year. An extraordinary summit of EU leaders has now been announced for Thursday.Hundreds of migrants were feared drowned in a capsize on Sunday.Italian PM Matteo Renzi said on Monday that his country was working with Malta to rescue at least two boats in distress
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) also said it had received a distress call from a boat sinking in the Mediterranean with at least 300 migrants on board.The caller said about three boats needed help in international waters and 20 people had died.But IOM spokesman Joel Millman told the BBC the organisation was still trying to verify the details and it was unclear whether the call was related to the Maltese and Italian rescues.Earlier, the Greek coastguard said a vessel carrying dozens of migrants had run aground off the island of Rhodes. Three people were killed and 80 rescued, it said.