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12 Rohingyas die as boat capsizes in Naf river near Bangladesh

By Chennabasaveshwar

At least 12 dead, scores missing as a boat carrying Rohingyas capsized at the mouth of Naf River dividing Bangladesh and Myanmar. The boat was carrying about 100 people.

Rohingya Muslims walk to the shore after arriving on a boat from Myanmar to Bangladesh in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh. PTI file photo

The vessel capsized near Galachar ( the coastal village in Bangladesh) with nearly 100 people. We recovered two dead bodies. Two people were rescued alive," area Coast Guard commander Alauddin Nayan told AFP.

Nayan said some 40 people in the boat were adult Rohingya Muslims fleeing their villages in Rakhine for Bangladesh.

Last month, 19 people drowned when a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh. More than 100 Rohingya were on board the vessel when it capsized in rough seas close to Patuwartek, some 8km off Inani Beach in Cox's Bazar District.

Nearly 520,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in the last six weeks after the Myanmar military launched a crackdown after attacks by Rohingya militants.

(With agency inputs)

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