Five more bodies of Rohingyas recovered at Teknaf

Our Correspondent | Published: 15:27, Sep 14,2017 | Updated: 16:18, Sep 14,2017


Nasir Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee man cries as he holds his 40-day-old son, who died as a boat capsized in the shore of Shah Parir Dwip while crossing Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf.--Reuters photo

At least five bodies of ethnic minority Rohingya of Myanmar were recovered from the River Naf at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday.

Among the victims, two bodies including a child and a woman were found after a boat carrying dozens of Rohingyas capsized in the river at Majherpara point at noon.

A number of 22 Rohingya people were also rescued while one remained missing since the incident, our correspondent reports.

Three more bodies were found in the river at Sabrang and Nazirpara points this morning, said Md Main Uddin, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.

They were the victims of boat capsizes in the river taken place at Shah Parir Dwip and Jaliapara on Tuesday and Wednesday, he added.

A number 107 bodies of Rohingyas, who have been fleeing the ongoing violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar to Bangladesh, were recovered in the incidents of boat capsizes since August 29.

Meanwhile, Myanmar army set two coastal villages of northern Maungdaw in Rakhine on fire Thursday morning, said persecuted Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh today.

Flame and smoke billowing out from the burning houses were seen from Palongkhali border area in Ukhia around 11:30am, our correspondent reports.

At least 3,79,000 minority Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, fled from violence and persecution during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine to Bangladesh since August 25, raising a total number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 8,00,000.

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