139 migrants reported missing following two shipwrecks off Djibouti Coast

Over 130 migrants have been reported missing after two migrant boats capsized off the coast of Djibouti on Tuesday (29 January).

A press statement issued by International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the two boats sunk at Godoria, a locality in the Obock region of northeast Djibouti.

The statement further says a team of gendarmerie gathered near the reported site of the sinkings after being alerted by local residents and discovered two survivors and the bodies of three women and two men.

According to local witnesses the boats capsized roughly 30 minutes after leaving due to overloading and heavy swells.

IOM manages a Migrant Response Centre (MCR) in Obock, where over 500 migrants are being assisted ahead of repatriation to their countries of origin under the voluntary return programme.

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