Aug 312017

At least 17 more bodies were recovered from the Bay of Bengal after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar trying to enter Bangladesh capsized Wednesday night.

In a combined search of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Bangladesh police, 17 other bodies were recovered in the wee hours Thursday, Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf Police Station Mohammad Main Uddin Khan said.

The identity of the victims — 10 children and seven women — could not be known immediately.

With the recovery of 17 bodies, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsize reaches to 23 as four more drowned in another boat capsize in the Naf river Tuesday night.

Local sources said hundreds of Rohingyas from Myanmar have already reached Shah Parir Dwip riding on boats last night.

When the fleet reached Majhir ghat point near Shah Parir Dwip, one of the boats capsized around 11:30 pm and sank when all its passengers went missing.

Later, locals and newly intruded Rohingyas spotted 17 bodies floating at several points of the Naf River in the morning and informed police, said M Mainuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.

A team of police rushed in and recovered the bodies that include 10 children and seven females, said the OC.

On Wednesday, four bodies of Rohingyas were recovered from Naf river after a boat, carrying around 25 Rohingyas, capsized.

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