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Death toll hits 31 after migrant boats sink off Djibouti
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The death toll from the sinking of two
migrant boats off the coast of Djibouti
has risen to 31, the UN migration
agency said on Wednesday, with scores
still feared missing .
Two vessels carrying migrants departed
from Godaria on the Horn of Africa
nation’ s northeast coast on Tuesday
morning, but sank in heavy seas 30
minutes into the journey , according to
the International Organization for
Migration.
The IOM ’s chief of mission in Djibouti
Lalini Veerassamy told AFP the death
toll had hit 31 on Wednesday .
“ This tragic event demonstrates the
risks that vulnerable migrants face as
they innocently search for better lives ,”
she said in a statement issued by IOM .
Sixteen people were recovered alive
following the sinking , with one survivor
telling Djiboutian authorities there were
130 people on his boat .
The number of passengers on the
second vessel remains unclear, as do
the nationalities of those onboard .
Located across the Bab el - Mandeb strait
from Yemen and next to volatile
Somalia and Ethiopia , Djibouti has in
recent years become a transit point for
migrants heading to find work on the
Arabian Peninsula .


 
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