Dozens of migrants feared dead after boat sinks

A provincial official said a boat with between 160 and 200 people on board had overturned in the area two days ago.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it was verifying reports that a vessel carrying a large number of migrants had sunk.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa — mostly Ethiopians and Somalis — have crossed via the waterway to Yemen in an attempt to reach neighbouring Saudi Arabia.