At least three women die after Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh | Rohingya News

More than a dozen people are missing after a fisherman traveling to Malaysia encountered bad weather in the Bay of Bengal.

At least three people have drowned and nearly 20 others are missing off the coast of Bangladesh after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sunk in inclement weather, authorities said.

The trawler left at dawn on Tuesday for Malaysia, before it ran into trouble in the Bay of Bengal, with two coast guard search vessels scrambling to rescue survivors. omission.

Local police inspector Nur Mohammad told Al Jazeera that at least three young Rohingya women’s bodies had washed up on the shores of Shilkhali in the coastal town of Halbunia.

“We went there after the local fisherman informed us about the corpses. The women were between the ages of 18 and 20,” he said, adding that the bodies had been sent to the hospital in the town of Cox’s Bazar for an autopsy.

“We are suspecting some traffickers in the area. A case will be filed against them,” he said.

The boat sank off the coast of Cox’s Bazar district, near the site of the sprawling camps that are home to about a million Rohingya refugees.

Direction conditions in Bangladesh’s refugee camps cost hundreds of Rohingya every year to smugglers to get them out of the country.

Mohammad Jalil, a resident of Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, said he paid large sums of money to some traffickers to bring him to Malaysia. “Our money is now gone. We risked our lives for nothing,” he said.

Peyara Khatun, a rescued Rohingya woman, recounted the incident.

“The sea was rough and there were big waves. At one point, the fishing boat sank. We swam for an hour to get to the beach,” she said.

Coast Guard station commander Ashiq Ahmed said the ship was believed to be carrying around 65 people after stopping in several coastal towns before setting sail.

“We have rescued 45 people including 41 Rohingya refugees and four Bangladeshis,” he told AFP news agency.

“Nearly 20 people are still missing. The rescue operation is ongoing,” he added.

Most of the Rohingya in Bangladesh arrived 5 years ago after military repression in neighboring Myanmar, is currently the subject of a genocide investigation at the United Nations’ highest court.

Faisal Mahmud contributed to this report from Dhaka, Bangladesh


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