Dec. 18 is International Migrants Day, and 2014 was the deadliest year on record for migrants around the world. More than 3,000 drowned crossing the Mediterranean, over 500 died in the Bay of Bengal and at least 300 died trying to cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico. International Organization for Migrants Director General William Lacy Swing has called for urgent action to save lives.
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Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200,000 people still stranded on Saturday in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation in the Himalayan region including neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.