Five Migrants dead, as boat sinks in Djibouti

Five migrants have been confirmed dead, and about 130 others ,after two boats carrying migrants capsized, the awful incident occurred about 30 minutes after the overloaded boats set off in heavy seas from Godoria on the Horn of Africa nation’s northeast coastline.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a statement, “After being alerted by local residents, a team of gendarmerie gathered this afternoon near the reported site of the disaster and discovered two survivors as well as the remains of three women and two men.

“The coast guard was also alerted and launched search and rescue operations. Those operations are still underway with two patrol boats,” said the statement.

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Located across the Bab el-Mandeb strait from war-torn 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.

Refugees fleeing Yemen also try and cross in the other direction.

The strategic sea crossing has repeatedly proven perilous.

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