Monday February 19, 2018 10:15 PM

13 Rohingya die in Naf river trawler capsize

13 Rohingya die in Naf river trawler capsize

The trawler capsize Sunday night

At least 13 people have died, mostly women and children, after a trawler carrying Rohingya capsized near the cost of Bangladesh.

The bodies were recovered from Naf river in Shahporir Dwip under Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district Monday morning.

Teknaf 2 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Captain Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam said: “The trawler capsized near the river’s Gholar Char point Sunday night.

“We recovered the bodies of two Rohingya last night and ten more were recovered this morning [Monday].”

He said: “The BGB members rescued eight Rohingya after the trawler capsized around 10pm but eight others are still missing.”

The Rohingya, who were rescued by the BGB officials, said 28 people were in the trawler when it capsized.

Teknaf police station Office-in-Charge Md Moin Uddin Khan said: “According to the rescued Rohingya, several others are still missing.

“We are trying to rescue them.”

According to UNHCR, at least 515,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing the violence in Myanmar.

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