Thirty bodies were found after about 130 migrants disappeared from Djibouti when two ships overturned in rugged waters, the Mediterranean Migration Agency said.
Sixteen survivors were resumed, and the tiny East African Coast Guard continued the search and rescue operation after the crash, she said in her statement. The witnesses said that the great waves caused the crowded boats to move about half an hour after leaving.
An 18-year-old survivor told the migration agency that he had boarded one of the ships with another 130 people, including 16 women. There was no immediate detail on the other ship.
Thousands of migrants from the hurricane area of the Horn of Africa go every year from Djibouti to cross Bab al-Mandab Strait to the Arab Peninsula in hopes of finding jobs in the rich Gulf countries.
The vast majority of migrants are Ethiopian, young and male, says a migration agency.
Transition is dangerous, with smugglers in some cases forcing immigrants across the deck before reaching the target. Other ships were released as they approached Yemen, where fighting between pro-government forces backed by the Saudi coalition and Houthi's rebels continued.
"This tragic event highlights the risks faced by vulnerable immigrants because they are looking for better lives innocently," said the Djibouti Migration Agency chief, Lalini Veerassamy.
The Missing Migrants project in the agency states that at least 199 people have now drowned off the coastal coast of Djibouti near Obock, where the latest wreckage occurred since 2014.
More than 700 other deaths occurred on the coast from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, according to the project.
This route also sees the flow of migrants from Yemen towards the Horn of Africa because people are fleeing war.