Rohingya boat capsize death toll rises to 29

Rohingya influx in Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees wade after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Photo: AFP

The death toll from Sunday's boat capsize reached 29 today as bodies of 15 more Rohingya refugees, who were fleeing into Bangladesh from Myanmar, have been recovered in the Naf River.

Among the 15, three bodies were recovered last night and 12 bodies today, our Cox's Bazar staff correspondent reports quoting Md Mainuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Teknaf Police Station.

Due to rough weather, the overcrowded boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip area around 9:30pm on Sunday night. As search continues for more bodies, it is feared that the death toll may rise further.

Rohingya people are fleeing persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar where a fresh wave of violence targeting the ethnic community broke out on August 25.

The persecution targeting civilians comes following an alleged attack by ARSA militants on military outposts in the Rakhine state.

A total of 158 people, fleeing to Bangladesh from Rakhine, died in several incidents of boat sinking so far.

Meanwhile, around 5,20,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since August 25, according to the UN.