Four fleeing Rohingyas die in boat capsize

Our Correspondent | Published: 12:24, Oct 31,2017 | Updated: 14:36, Oct 31,2017


At least four Rohingya children and women fleeing violence in Myanmar drowned in the Bay of Bengal at Balikhali point under Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning as they attempted to enter Bangladesh.

Ukhia thana officer-in-charge Abul Khayer confirmed the news of death.

Among the victims, the body of a 12-year-old boy was found at Inani Beach while 38 Rohingya people were rescued after a boat carrying dozens of Rohingyas capsized in the Bay of Bengal at Ukhia in the morning.

The injured 17 Rohingyas were admitted to hospital while a woman, 65, and two other boys aged about 8 to 10 died at Ukhia Health Complex in Cox’s Bazar.

According to UN latest estimation, 6,07,000 Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh since the beginning of the new influx, what the United Nations called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency, on August 25.

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