Rohingya Boat Capsize: UNHCR ready to support rescue work
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, has said it is in contact with Rohingya communities both on Bhasan Char and in Cox's Bazar to support further rescue efforts following Saturday's boat capsize in Bay of Bengal.
On the morning of August 14, UNHCR was alerted that a boat carrying dozens of Rohingyas had capsized close to Bhasan Char island overnight.
"We are devastated that reportedly many passengers, including women and children, have tragically drowned. The confirmed number is not yet known," UNHCR said.
The UN agency said they are grateful to Bangladeshi fishers, who were first on the scene and alerted Bangladeshi authorities.
The search and rescue operation is being led by Bangladesh Navy and the Coast Guard."We are seeking further information from the Government of Bangladesh at this time," said UNHCR.