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8 Persons dead as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh

File Photo: Fleeing Rohingya Muslims 
Eight people have drowned when a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized in a river they were attempting to cross to reach Bangladesh.
Police officer Sheikh Ashraf Uzzaman said local residents and coastguards pulled the bodies of 4 children and 4 women after the boat sank in the Naf River, which separates Bangladesh from Myanmar.
The officer said 21 passengers were rescued, while many others are believed to have gone missing.
According to local government official Nurul Alam, survivors said the boat was carrying over 60 passengers when it sank near Shah Porir Dwip, the southern-most tip of Bangladesh.
UN says an estimated 537,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered Bangladesh since the Myanmar army launched an anti-insurgency crackdown seven weeks ago in Rakhine state.
No fewer than 180 Rohingya have drowned while trying to cross the border over the Naf River since the violence began on 25 Aug, 2017.


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