The Coast Guard in Yemen combs for survivors in the Gulf of Aden after two boats recently capsized. Just three Somali emigrants survived while at least 80 African migrants are thought to have drowned during rough storms of the coast of southern Yemen.

The accident was caused by high winds and a tsunami, which capsized the two boats taking them towards the coast, Yemen’s interior ministry said in a statement, without indicating when the incidents occurred.

One boat carried 46 people while a second carried between 30 to 45 others, many of whom were women and children, all hoping to reach Yemen.

Al Jazeera
says Yemen is considered “a gateway to Europe and the oil-rich countries of the Arabian Gulf,” making the country a popular destination for African migrants looking to escape harsh conditions in their native lands.

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