Death toll in the Djibouti boats capsise incident rises to 58

The number of people who died when two migrant boats capsised in Djibouti early this week has risen to 56. Photo: Africanews

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The number of people who died when two migrant boats capsised in Djibouti early this week has risen to 56.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) chief of mission, Lalini Veerassamy, told AFP that the number rose from 52 yesterday to 58 today.

Over 130 migrants were reported missing after two boats capsized off the coast of Djibouti earlier this week. The tragedy happened off Godoria, a local area in the Obock region of northeast Djibouti.

Veerassamy, had previously said this tragic event demonstrates the risks that vulnerable migrants face as they innocently search for better lives.

“The government of Djibouti has always shown empathy and regional leadership on this critical issue. We will continue to support them to prevent such tragedies and protect migrant lives,” she said.

A team of gendarmerie gathered near the reported site of the tragedy and discovered survivors yesterday after being alerted by local residents.

One of these survivors was an 18-year old male, who reportedly boarded one of two boats, in his case with some 130 people on board.

Staff at Migrant Response Centre (MCR) in Obock have been helping survivors of the tragedy and lending support to Djibouti authorities as they continue to patrol the shoreline in search of other survivors.

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