Cox’s Bazar: At least 165 Rohingyas drowned in 25 incidents of boat capsize while fleeing towards Bangladesh through the Naf River and Bay of Bengal in 41 days after eruption of violence in Rakhine state in August this year.
Of the deceased Rohingyas, 85 were children, 52 women and 28 men.
Besides, a Bangladeshi who was oarsman of a boat carrying Rohingyas drowned in an accident.
Of the bodies, 138 were recovered from the river and bay in Teknaf upazila and 28 from Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar district, said sources concerned.
The Rohingya people fell victim to boat capsize while fleeing atrocities by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state.
They (Rohingyas) are coming to Bangladesh crossing the Naf river and the Bay of Bengal by wooden boats at different points, said the sources.
On Wednesday, a group of 11 Rohingya youths and adolescents came to Bangladesh through the Naf river after swimming for around two and a half hours to save their lives. The group that included three adolescents reached Shah Porir Dwip Jetty Ghat in Teknaf upazila.
On the other hand, the body of a Rohingya youth who died in Sunday’s boat capsize was recovered from the beach at Shah Porir Dwip under Teknaf upazila on Thursday morning.
With this, the death toll from the Sunday’s boat capsize rose to 27, said Md Mainuddin, officer in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.
He said locals noticed the body and informed police of it in the morning.
Later, the body was recovered and buried, said the OC.
Mentionable, a boat with around 40 fleeing Rohingyas capsized in the Naf river under Teknaf upazila on Sunday night.
Shortly after the incident, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered two bodies and rescued eight persons from the river.
Rescuers also recovered 12 more bodies on Monday, 11 on Tuesday and one on Wednesday from different points of the river.