At least 12 Rohingya Muslims have died after their boat sank en route to Bangladesh.
According to the local commander of Bangladesh Border Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Islam, on Sunday, the vessel capsized close to Shah Porir Dwip, at the mouth of the Naf River, a maritime-boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
According to another border guard official, 12 bodies had so far been recovered following an all-night rescue operations. “They include 10 children, an elderly woman and a man,” he added.
The recent sinking is only the latest of a series of sea tragedies involving Rohingya refugees. On September 28, a boat carrying about 80 refugees sank, leaving 28 dead and a large number missing.
Earlier in September, 46 bodies were recovered after another ship went down in waters between Myanmar and Bangladesh. The UN resident coordinator in Dhaka warned the plan for a huge camp for Rohingya Muslims would be risky.—Agencies