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Three Rohingya children die as refugee boat sinks in Teknaf

A total of 54 Rohingyas from Dongkhali Balur Char in Maungdaw had boarded the engine-driven fishing boat on Wednesday night to cross over to Bangladesh

Three Rohingya children have drowned after a boat carrying refugees from Myanmar capsized in the Bay of Bengal, off the Teknaf coast in Cox’s Bazar.

Local fishermen rescued 51 other Rohingya men, women and children from the sea at Sabrang’s Khurermukh area where the boat went down around 4am on Thursday, witnesses and police said.

The deceased children were identified as Mohammad Yasin’s four-month-old daughter Omar Salama, Abdul Aziz’s seven-month-old son Mohammad Ayub, and Abdul Hai’s seven-year-old son Abdul Nabi.

Their bodies were recovered from the area where the boat sunk and buried later at a local graveyard, said Teknaf police station OC Md Main Uddin Khan.

One of the rescued Rohingyas said 54 people from Dongkhali Balur Char in Maungdaw had boarded the engine-driven fishing boat on Wednesday night to cross over to Bangladesh.

After failing to enter the Naf River, the boat had gone on the west bank of Teknaf by sea, but overturned after getting caught in strong currents.

The boat was from Ukhiya and it was illegally ferrying Rohingyas to earn some money on the side, said local fishermen.

On Thursday, some 86 Rohingyas of 25 families, including the boat capsize survivors, entered Bangladesh through different points of Sabrang, said Md Delwar Hossain, a representative of the district administration at Sabrang Relief Centre, reports UNB.

They were given shelter and relief at Nayapara Rohingya camp, he added.

“We have been living a miserable life in captivity at our village without food and treatment. Some of our relatives have already died. So, we ran away from there,” said Salma Khatun, a Rohingya woman.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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