Rohingya boat capsize death toll hits 23 as 9 more bodies found

10 Oct 2017, 13:00

NTV Online
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who were killed when their boat capsized on the way to Bangladesh, are brought to a local Islamic school in Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, October 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Cox’s Bazar: Nine more bodies of Rohingya people, including four children, were recovered from Naf River in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday morning.

Following the recovery, the death toll from Sunday’s boat capsize reached 23, said Md Mainuddin, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.

Among the nine, bodies of two minors were recovered from Saint Martin Island, two minors from Sabrang and five women from Teknaf Sadar, added the OC, saying the death toll may rise further.

Earlier on Sunday night, at least 13 Rohingya people, including five children, died as a boat carrying them capsized in the Naf River.

Around 150 Rohingya people, who were fleeing into Bangladesh from Rakhine state of Myanmar amid persecution, died in several incidents of boat capsize in Bay of Bengal so far.