JAHANESBURG (AP) – Thirty bodies have been found after about 130 migrants disappeared from Djibouti when two ships overturned in rough waters, UN agency Migration said.
Sixteen survivors were found and the coast guard of the small eastern African country resumed the search operation and rescue after the crash on Tuesday, U. Eyewitnesses said that large waves caused overloaded boats to overcome about half an hour after leaving.
An 18-year-old survivor told the migration agency that he had boarded one of the ships with another 130 people, including 16 women. There were no immediate details of the second ship.
Thousands of migrants from the turbulent region of the Horn of Africa each year move from Djibouti to cross the Bay of Al-Mandab Strait to the Arabian Peninsula hoping to find work in the wealthy Gulf states.
The majority of immigrants are Ethiopia, youth and men, the migration agency says.
The crossing is dangerous, with traffickers in some cases forcing migrants to shift before reaching their destination. The other boats were fired as they approached Yemen, where fighting continues between pro-government forces supported by the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthi insurgents.
"This tragic event shows the risks that vulnerable migrants face because they innocently seek better lives," mission chief of the migration agency Djibouti Lalini Verasami said.
The Missing Migrants Project reported that at least 199 people drowned off the coast of Djibouti near Obock, where the latest exaggeration of 2014 took place.
More than 700 other deaths have taken place from the coast of the Horn of Africa to Yemen, according to the project data.
The road also shows the flow of migrants from Yemen to the Horn of Africa, as people flee from the war.
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