Italy is holding a day of national mourning, after a boat carrying about 500 African migrants sank off the island of Lampedusa.
Over 300 people are believed to have died in the accident but so far ,at least 103 bodies have been recovered and scores more are trapped in the vessel, which sank less than 1 km (half-a-mile) offshore.
A minute of silence will be observed in all Italian schools on Friday in memory of the victims.
The accident is one of the worst such disasters to occur off the Italian coast in recent years; Prime Minister Enrico Letta tweeted that it was “an immense tragedy”.
In a separate incident on Thursday, local media reported that around 200 migrants were escorted to the port of Syracuse on the island of Sicily, when their vessel encountered difficulties five miles off the coast.