Rohingya boat capsize deaths rise to 21

Teknaf (Cox’s Bazar) Correspondent
Published : 13:03, Feb 17, 2020 | Updated : 15:03, Feb 17, 2020

FILE PHOTOBangladesh Coast Guard has recovered bodies of two more Rohingyas, who went missing as a trawler en-route to Malaysia carrying Rohingyas capsized near Saint Martin's Island on Feb 11.

The bodies were found floating on a beach of Pashcim Para area in Saint Martin's Island around 9am on Monday (Feb 17).

The death toll now stands at 21.

Teknaf Coast Guard Commander Lt Rahat Imtiaz said: "On information, we recovered the bodies of the two Rohingya men, which have already decomposed.

"Earlier, we recovered 19 other bodies and more people are still missing."

On Feb 11, the trawler, presumed to be carrying 138 people, sailed for Malaysia from the Noakalia Para coastal region under Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar around 3am, and sank 3 nautical miles off the island in the Bay of Bengal later.

At least 15 bodies were recovered on the same day and 73 others were rescued alive.

The coast guard has filed a case against 19 alleged brokers in this regard and nine of them have been already arrested by police.