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Rohingya boat capsizes in Bay of Bengal; at least 16 dead

At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat sinks in Bangladesh 11/02/2020 13:33 At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat sinks in Bangladesh
Bennie Garza | 13 February, 2020, 13:25

At least 15 Rohingya refugees, including four children, drowned when the crowded ship they were on overturned off the coast of Bangladesh on Tuesday, according to the Bangladesh Coast Guard.

At least 15 people have died after a boat sank in southern Bangladesh. Many attempt, often unsuccessfully, to abandon the overcrowded reception facilities in the Cox's Bazar district on board makeshift boats.

The boat was no more than 13 metres long. Seventy of them had thus far been rescued. "The tragic drowning of women and children in the Bay of Bengal today should be a wakeup call for us all". "I wanted to live with my husband", said Rajuma Akhtar, one of the women who were rescued, told media on Tuesday. The coast guard found the boat sinking, with survivors swimming and crying for help.

A boat packed with Rohingya refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

Maqsood said the authorities received an emergency call early Tuesday morning local time but that the limited information available on the boat's location had made it hard to find.

Coast guard commander Sohel Rana said three survivors, including a Bangladeshi, were detained over human trafficking allegations.

Most have been placed in refugee camps and some have tried to flee in boats to Malaysia.

A man named Zubair, another survivor from the Balukhali Rohingya camp, also confirmed to BenarNews that the boat hit what he described as a "stone slab" before it sank. The authorities will then take appropriate actions against them in accordance with the court's directions.

"Human traffickers have become active in this period as the sea remains calm in the winter", Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, additional superintendent of police in Cox's Bazar, told BenarNews in November.

"It was a tragedy waiting to happen", he said.

"We have initially come to know that all the dead are members of the Rohingya community living in the refugee camps", local administration chief Md.

Sixty-two Rohingyas were also rescued in the incident, he added.

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