• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:40 pm

Boat capsize: UN working with the government to create awareness

  • Published at 08:12 pm February 11th, 2020
Boat capsized
File Photo: Rescued individuals from the trawler, believed to carry dozens of Rohingyas, which capsized near Saint Martin's Island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

At least 15 Rohingyas were reported to have drowned as a boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal near St Martin’s Island

On the heels of a boat capsize off the coast of St Martin’s Island on Tuesday morning, which killed at least 15 Rohingyas, United Nations agencies have said they are working with Bangladesh government to create awareness about the risk of irregular sea journeys among the Rohingyas and local people. 

“Irregular boat movements are not new to the Cox’s Bazar district, as both Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis risk the unsafe journey to travel abroad due to compelling circumstances,” said a joint statement issued by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  

“Recognising the dangers they face at sea, the UN has been working with Government authorities to raise awareness among refugees and local people on the risks they may face. The UN is also supporting the strengthening of law enforcement capacities to address smuggling and trafficking and to protect those most at risk,” the statement said.  

“Support is also available in the district to trafficking survivors,” it added.

The joint statement further saidthe IOM and the UNHCR were closely liaising with the government’s first responders to the tragic boat capsize off the coast of St Martin’s Island in the Bay of Bengal.  

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, with the authorities initially reporting 15 drowned, and at least 68 receiving first aid. 

“The UNHCR and IOM are saddened by this tragic loss of life and, together with our other UN and NGO partners, are standing by to offer assistance to the Government in responding to the needs of the survivors, be it food, shelter or medical aid,” the statement said.

57
54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail