The death toll from the sinking boat, packed with scores of Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar in a border river dividing Myanmar and Bangladesh, rose to 26 on Tuesday, after another 12 bodies were retrieved.
According to a Cox’s Bazar district administration official, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Police and locals recovered the bodies which were floating in the Bay of Bengal near Shah Porir Island of Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, some 292 km southeast of the capital Dhaka.
“Bodies of 12 children and women were recovered Tuesday morning which takes the number of total death toll to 26 from 14,” the district administration official, who did not give his name, said.
He said the boat which was overloaded carrying some 50 Rohingyas capsized on Sunday in inclement weather.
“No fewer than 11 Roghigyas were rescued and most victims of the accident were children.”
Over 500,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state amid a fresh wave of violence in the region since Aug. 25.
Some 132 Rohingyas have already died, while trying to cross into neighbouring Bangladesh since Aug. 29 in no fewer than 25 boats capsized incidents.
SOURCE: Xinhua News Agency