DHAKA – Bangladesh authorities recovered on Tuesday the corpses of 10 Rohingyas, raising to 24 the total number of people killed after a boat carrying fleeing Rohingyas from Myanmar capsized on Sunday in the river Naf, which separates Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The dead included 13 minors, and 13 were rescued alive while an undetermined number of people remain missing.
“A total of 24 bodies have been recovered since the incident, 10 of them today. Among the victims, 13 are children,” officer-in-charge of the Teknaf police station, Main Uddin, told EFE.
Coast Guard Operations Officer in Western Bangladesh, Alauddin Nayan, explained to EFE that search operations in the area were ongoing, and said they found the corpses of two children, probably killed in another accident.
“Today we received the bodies of two children near Saint Martin Island, but we are not sure if they are the victims of this incident,” he said.
The Commander of the Bangladesh Border Guard in the area, Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Islam, said 13 people had been rescued alive from the boat, although there is still an undetermined number of people missing, which could reach 60 according to the International Organization for Migration.
The boat capsized on Sunday night near Galar Char, close to the beach of Shah Porir Dwip, while carrying a large number of people, nearly 100 according to the survivors, and more than half being children.
Meanwhile, the refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh, with 10,000 more having entered the territory on Monday alone.
On Saturday, the United Nations raised the figure to around 519,000 Rohingyas who have arrived in Bangladesh since the end of August, fleeing violence in Myanmar.
On Aug. 25, a Rohingya insurgent group staged a series of attacks on police and army posts in Rakhine state, to which the Myanmar military responded with an offensive that is ongoing.
According to eyewitnesses and human rights organizations, the Myanmar army has razed entire villages and shot and killed an undetermined number of civilians.
Although Myanmar maintains that the violence was triggered by Rohingya rebels, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has accused the military of ethnic cleansing.