Sixty-four people have been found dead in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province.

Reports indicate, a truck that was transporting illegal immigrants was stopped at “Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14 survived,”

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The cause of the deaths is suspected to be asphyxiation, a senior hospital official, who asked not be named told AFP news agency on Tuesday, March 24.

The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded on to a haulage truck.

Mozambique is generally seen as a smuggling corridor for migrants and It’s suspected the Ethiopians were headed to South Africa.

Two people, including the vehicle’s driver and his assistant, have been detained in connection with the deaths.

Immigrants from several African nations are known to head to South Africa, in search of employment opportunities.

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