Sev­eral dead, scores miss­ing in Ro­hingya cap­size

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NEWS OF THE WORLD -

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh - At least 12 peo­ple died and scores were miss­ing yes­ter­day after a boat packed with Ro­hingya refugees - many of them chil­dren - cap­sized, the latest tragedy to strike those flee­ing vi­o­lence in Myan­mar's Rakhine state.

Coast guard and border guard of­fi­cials said the boat was over­loaded with about 100 peo­ple when it sank late on Sun­day in the mouth of the Naf River that sep­a­rates Myan­mar from Bangladesh.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) of­fi­cial Abdul Jalil told AFP 12 bod­ies had been re­cov­ered after an all-night res­cue op­er­a­tion, say­ing "they in­clude 10 chil­dren, an el­derly woman and a man." Area coast guard com­man­der Alaud­din Nayan said the boat cap­sized near the coastal vil­lage of Galachar with nearly 100 peo­ple on board.

He said about 40 peo­ple in the boat were adult Ro­hingya Mus­lims flee­ing their vil­lages in Rakhine. "The rest were chil­dren," he said.

Since the boat cap­sized near the Myan­mar side of the border, Jalil said many may have swum to the Rakhine coast.

Lo­cal me­dia quoted a sur­vivor as say­ing the ves­sel cap­sized due to high waves and bad weather.

Nearly 520 000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since late Au­gust, many walk­ing for days through thick jun­gle be­fore mak­ing the per­ilous boat jour­ney across the Naf River.

Bangladesh has made the jour­ney even more dif­fi­cult with a clam­p­down on boats run­ning refugees across the Naf River.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa

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