38 Migrants Lifeless, Over 100 Lacking After Boats Capsize Off Coast Of Djibouti

NAIROBI (Reuters) ― Greater than 100 migrants are believed lacking and 38 confirmed lifeless off the coast of Djibouti after two boats capsized, the U.N. migration company mentioned on Wednesday.

The overcrowded boats, carrying principally Ethiopians, had set sail on tough seas once they capsized shortly after departing Djibouti, mentioned Lalini Veerassamy, chief of mission in Djibouti for the Worldwide Group for Migration.

Djibouti’s coastguard is constant its seek for survivors, she mentioned, including that past the IMO’s tough estimate it was not clear what number of extra migrants may be lacking.

Many 1000’s of migrants from the Horn of Africa area board boats from Djibouti every year, hoping to cross to the Arabian Peninsula in the hunt for work.

(Reporting by Maggie Fick; Enhancing by Gareth Jones)