More than 100 migrants are believed missing and 38 confirmed dead off Djibouti after two boats capsized, the UN. migration agency said.
The overcrowded boats, carrying mostly Ethiopians, set sail on rough seas and capsized shortly after departing Djibouti, said Lalini Veerassamy, chief of mission in Djibouti for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
Djibouti’s coastguard continues to search for survivors, she said, adding beyond the IMO’s rough estimate it was not clear how many migrants might be missing.
Thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa region board boats from Djibouti each year, hoping to reach the Arabian Peninsula in search of work.