15 kids among 22 drown in Bay
Raging waves lash upon the sea shores at Cox's Bazar on Thursday. Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. seven in the morning as Cyclone Mahasen moved slightly north-northeastwards over the Bay. Photo: Focus Bangla
Coast guard personnel on Thursday recovered 22 bodies from Teknaf shore after a trawler had capsized in the Bay of Bengal due to the impact of Cyclone Mahasen.
Of the deceased, 15 were children, three women and four men, reports our Cox's Bazar correspondent.
Police, quoting locals, said many bodies were still floating near the coast.
It was not clear that when the accident took place but Didar Ferdous, inspector (investigation) of Teknaf Police Station, told The Daily Star that the trawler with an unknown number of passengers on board sank in the Bay sometime on Wednesday after the cyclone hit the coastal belts.
The passengers, mostly Rohingyas, might have started their journey from Teknaf to reach Malaysia on Wednesday, he added.
When asked about the high number of children among the dead, police said they might be offspring of the men who had earlier travelled to Malaysia.
Babul Akhter, additional superintendent of police in Cox's Bazar, said a trawler capsized with 200 Rohingyas on board in Myanmar two days ago. "These 22 bodies might be the victims of Myanmar capsize," he added.
Police and the local administration, however, could not confirm when the incident occurred.