Thirty bodies were found after 130 migrants were missing in Djibouti when two ships were overturned in heavy water, U.N.
Sixteen survivors have been found and the Coast Guard in East Africa has resumed the search and rescue operation after the accident on Tuesday, according to a statement. Witnesses said that large waves caused overload of ships about half an hour after departure.
One 18-year-old survivor told the migration agency he was embarked on one of the ships with 130 more men, including 16 women. There were no current details on the other boat.
Thousands of migrants from the Burmese region The African horn went out of Djibouti every year to cross the Bab Al-Mandab strait for the Arabian Peninsula with the hope of finding employment in the rich Gulf countries.
The vast majority of migrants are Ethiopian, young and male, says migration agency.
Migration is dangerous, and smugglers in some cases force migrants to run until they reach their destination. On other boats, they fired as they approached Yemen, where fighting continued between the pro-Islamic forces supported by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi rebels.
"This tragic event shows the risks faced by vulnerable migrants while innocent pursuit of better lives," said Lifelong Mission to Libya, Migration Agency, Lalini Veerassamy.
The missing migrant agency project says that at least 199 people were now stranded on the coast of Djibouti near Obock, where the latest overturn occurred since 2014.
More than 700 other deaths occurred off the coast from the African horn to Jemena, according to project data.
The road also sees the flow of migrants from Yemen to the Africa Row as people flee the war.
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