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01/11/2017

Rohingya Refugees Drown as Boat Capsizes in Rough Waters off Coast of Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch

At least four Rohingyas fleeing unrest in Myanmar drowned when a small fishing boat capsized in rough seas off the Bangladesh coast, the United Nations on 31 October reported, also warning that with thousands of refugees still heading to Cox’s Bazar every day, sprawling makeshift camps there are now dangerously congested and overcrowded.

At least 4 Rohingya refugees died when their boat capsized close to shore in southern Bangladesh. Survivors are receiving assistance near Imamerdail area of Ukhia south of Cox’s Bazar. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

“UNHCR [the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] staff and our partners rushed to the scene to provide medical support, food, blankets and clothes to the survivors,” spokesperson Babar Baloch told reporters in Geneva.

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