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Myanmar rescues 200 migrants from boat

  • Published at 08:39 am May 22nd, 2015

Myanmar's navy has rescued a boat carrying more than 200 migrants.

Government spokesman Ye Htut said the boat found on Thursday was from Ranong in southern Thailand, The Star reported.

"While on patrol in Myanmar waters the Myanmar navy ship 568 found a boat loaded with about 200 Bengalis and another empty boat at sea...", government spokesman Ye Htut posted on his Facebook page.

The remarks are sure to spark concern after the United States lambasted Myanmar for failing to address the cause of the crisis.

Thailand is a traditional transit point for those trying to reach Malaysia for work.

The international community is slowly stepping forward with offers of assistance to help alleviate Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis.

On Wednesday, Malaysia and Indonesia agreed to provide temporary shelter to the estimated 7,000 migrants stranded at sea. However, both countries insisted that the migrants would need to be resettled elsewhere by the international community within a year.

The United States stepped forward Wednesday, saying it is willing to take in some Rohingya refugees as part of the international efforts.