Nearly 60 Rohingya refugees dead in Boat capsize
About 60 people are now believed to have died when a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh, the UN says.
The boat overturned in rough seas late on Thursday.
A UN spokesman said 23 people were now confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”.
Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
Violence erupted in Rakhine on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military crackdown.
More than half a million Rohingya – a mostly Muslim minority who are widely disliked in Myanmar and denied citizenship – have fled to Bangladesh since then.
Those who have fled accuse Myanmar’s military, backed by Buddhist mobs, of using a brutal campaign of killings and village burnings to try to drive them out. The military rejects the allegations, saying it is targeting Rohingya militants.