More than 40 people travelling through the Sahara Desert to reach Europe are suspected to have died of thirst after their lorry broke down in arid northern Niger, the Red Cross has told Reuters news agency.
Six survivors walked to a remote village where they reported that 44 people, including three babies and two other children, died of thirst, said Lawal Taher, the department head for the Red Cross in the Bilma region, Reuters reports.
Most of the 44 were from Ghana and Niger, he added.
There has been no independent confirmation of the report, but Mr Taher said the Red Cross had told the authorities and a search for the bodies was under way, Reuters reports.
Last June, the bodies of 34 migrants, including 20 children, were found in the Sahara Desert near the border with Algeria.
It appeared they had died of thirst after being abandoned by their smuggler, a government minister said at the time.