Coastguard recovers 8 bodies of Rohingya children, women from Naf River

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Cox’s Bazar, October 16: Members of Bangladesh Coastguard on Monday recovered at least eight bodies of Rohingya people from sunken boat that carrying 65 people from Myanmar which capsized in Naf River near Shah Parir Dwip in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.So far, 21 Rohingyas were rescued alive and 40 others remained still missing in this connection.

The accident occurred at Dangarpara point in the Shah Porir Dwip area of Teknaf early on Monday morning, said local police OC Md Mainuddin Khan.

The coastguards, police and local rescuers have worked together to recover the bodies.

“Thus far we have found the bodies of eight Rohingyas,” said Khan.

Many Rohingyas have died while making the crossing to Bangladesh from the Myanmar border state of Rakhine. It is estimated that over 60 died after one boat capsized on Sept 28, while another 30 died in an accident on October 8.

Myanmar began a military crackdown in Rakhine on Aug 25 after insurgents attacked border police posts and a military camp.

Over 500,000 members of the Rohingya minority have fled to Bangladesh since the start of an operation the UN has described as ‘ethnic cleansing’.