Boats Capsize Off Djibouti: Death Toll Rising

Carrying overloaded migrants two boats capsized in Djibouti on Tuesday that caused more than 130 African disappeared, 52 are confirmed death which may rise.

According to the UN migration agency, most of the people were Ethiopian when the incident occurred just after 30 minutes after the overloaded boats set off in heavy seas from Godoria on the Horn of Africa nation’s northeast coastline.

The first boat were carrying 130 people where 16 were women but there is no exact details of the second boat, said the one 18 year old survivor.

Rescuers found 52 bodies on Wednesday and the search process is still running.

“This tragic event demonstrates the risks that vulnerable migrants face as they innocently search for better lives,” said Lalini Veerassamy, the migration agency’s Djibouti chief of mission.

“The number of new arrivals arriving in Yemen has been continuously increasing since 2012, despite the deepened insecurity and violence following the war that erupted in March 2015,” the IOM.

“At least 199 people have now drowned off the Djibouti coast near Obock, where the latest capsizing occurred, since 2014,” said the agency’s Missing Migrants Project.

The survivors are saying that the overloaded boats to tip over about a half-hour after departing because of large waves caused.

IMO’s rough estimate was not clear how many more migrants might be missing.

> Puza Sarker Snigdha

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