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At least eight Rohingyas die, many missing as boat capsizes in Bangla river
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At least eight Rohingyas die, many missing as boat capsizes in Bangla river

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 Oct 2017, 01:34 pm
Dhaka, Oct 16 (IBNS): At least eight people died after a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized in Naf river on Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Monday, local media reports said.

The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, the southern-most tip of Bangladesh, at around 3.30 am.

Rohingya Muslims attempting to cross the river into Bangladesh for safety, were on the boat, the reports quoted Government sources as saying.

Bangladeshi coastguards along local residents found bodies of four children and four women from the river that separates Bangladesh from Myanmar.

Many others are believed to have gone missing.

The rescuers  found 21 people alive and helped them come ashore.

An estimated 537,000 Rohingya Muslims have reportedly  entered Bangladesh since the Myanmar army launched an anti-insurgency crackdown  in Rakhine state, according to International Migration Agency.

Nearly 180 Rohingya have drowned while trying to cross the border over the Naf river since the violence began on August 25.


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