At least 112 migrants died when a boat carrying Ethiopians and Somalians sank off the coast of the Somaliland autonomous region in northern Somalia, health authorities told EFE Sunday.

The incident occurred Friday after the vessel suffered technical problems, said Abdurahman Yasin of the regional health department.

"The coast guard rescued 75 people and local residents spotted 112 bodies" that were washed ashore, he added.

The injured are being treated at a health center in the nearby town of Berbera.

Every year, thousands of people die in the waters off the coast of Africa while trying to reach Yemen in order to escape conflict ridden situations and poor economic prospects at home.

Yemen serves as a gateway to the rich Gulf countries in the Middle East.

Somalians, Eritreans and Ethiopians make up for most of the migrants who look to cross the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea trying to reach Yemen and beyond in precarious boats, often controlled by unscrupulous human traffickers.