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Boat carrying Rohingya people capsizes; 12killed, over 32 missing
Dhaka: At least twelve people lost their lives and over 32 people were missing when a boat carrying scores of Rohingya people capsized Sunday night at the mouth of Naf River dividing Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The exact number of people on board is not yet known. Law enforcers have recovered two bodies in the Bay of Bengal near Shah Porir Island of Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district.
According to a survivor, the boat with some 40 Rohingya people capsized on the Myanmar side of the river.
The bodies of 10 children, one man and one woman have been recovered. Quoting another survivor who managed to swim ashore, Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam with the Border Guard of Bangladesh told the media that the rescued claim that 30 to 32 people have been missing.
The official feared the death toll will rise, as more bodies are likely to be retrieved with a search operation now underway.
It may be mentioned that, over half a million Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state amid a fresh wave of violence in the region since August 25