UNHCR expresses shock and unhappiness after incident within the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Myanmar.
A minimum of 17 Rohingya refugees, together with youngsters, have been reported useless after their boat capsized in unhealthy climate off the Myanmar coast.
The boat, with at the least 90 folks on board, was on its method to Malaysia throughout the Bay of Bengal when it sank, in response to Radio Free Asia. A few of the our bodies washed up on seashores within the western state of Rakhine, whereas greater than 50 passengers stay lacking, it stated.
Whereas a whole bunch of hundreds of Rohingya, a largely Muslim minority, fled Myanmar for Bangladesh after a brutal navy crackdown practically 5 years in the past, some stay in Rakhine the place they largely reside in squalid camps with extreme restrictions on motion.
The boat had left Sittwe, the state capital, on Might 19 however bumped into unhealthy climate a few days later.
The United Nations refugee company stated it was “shocked and saddened” by the reported deaths and was looking for extra data from Myanmar.
“The most recent tragedy reveals as soon as once more the sense of desperation being felt by Rohingya in Myanmar and within the area,” Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR’s director for Asia and the Pacific stated in an announcement. “It’s stunning to see rising numbers of youngsters, ladies and men embarking on these harmful journeys and ultimately shedding their lives.”
A spokesman for Myanmar’s navy regime stated that the boat had capsized about 5 nautical miles west of Thapyay Hmaw Island close to Shwe Thaung Yan in Rakhine’s south.
“A search was carried out and located 14 Bengalis useless. The remainder will probably be deported as normal,” Main Common Zaw Min Tun advised RFA utilizing a derogatory time period for the Rohingya. He added that quite a lot of suspected human traffickers had been arrested and that they’d been making an attempt to take the group to Malaysia.
Those that need to depart the camps in Rakhine often pay traffickers between three and 5 million Myanmar kyat ($1,600-2,700) per particular person, RFA stated.
In its annual report on the ocean crossings, the UNHCR stated that 2020 was the deadliest 12 months ever for Rohingya crossing the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.
Of the two,413 folks identified to have travelled in 2020, 218 died or went lacking at sea, the UN company stated in its report final August.