49 Dead, 140 Missing After Migrant Boat Sinks Off Yemen Coast: Report

At least 49 people died after a migrant boat sunk off the Yemen coast
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Migrant boat sinks off Yemen coast (Representational image)

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At least 49 people died after a migrant boat sunk off the Yemen coast, reported The Associated Press. According to a UN agency, 140 others are also missing. Among the deceased were 31 women and six children.
The boat was reportedly carrying some 260 Somalis and Ethiopians from the northern coast of Somalia. The total journey was of 320 kilometer across the Gulf of Aden.
The reason of the incident which took place on Monday is not known yet. A rescue operation is currently underway to track the missing people. So far 71 people have been rescued.
"is another reminder of the urgent need to work together to address urgent migration challenges and ensure the safety and security of migrants along migration routes," IOM spokesperson Mohammedali Abunajela said as reported by ANI.
Notably, refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa and East Africa are increasingly dealing with the dangerous journey to reach Saudi Arabia and other Arab states of the region via Yemen, as reported by Al Jazeera.
Earlier in April, at least 62 people died in two shipwrecks off the coast of Djibouti as they tried to reach Yemen.
The IOM further said that at least 1,860 people have died or disappeared along the route, including 480 who drowned.
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