Dhaka – At least 41 people have been killed in mishaps as Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh by boats in the last three days, according to officials.
Rescuers find 18 bodies drifting in the Naf river on Friday, a day after 19 people drowned when two Rohingya boats capsized in the river they were trying to reach Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.
Officer in charge of Teknaf police station Mainuddin Khan said that they being informed retrieved 18 bodies from a stretch of two kilometers in the river.
He said it was not clear whether any boat capsize caused the death of these people, mostly men. “We are trying to determine the reason for their deaths,” he said.
Fishermen on Thursday retrieved bodies of 19 people after two boats carrying Rohingya Muslims capsized in the middle of the Naf river when they were crossing it for shelters.
Four Rohingya Muslims drowned Wednesday when a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Naf river.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya have amassed on the border between the two countries as Bangladeshi guards were put on alert after nearly 100 people were killed in violence in Myanmar late last week.
The troopers have pushed back at least seven boats carrying Rohingya people on the river and stopped influxes of people at other points along Bangladesh’s 271-kilometre border with Myanmar.
At least 18,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh after the violence erupted in the restive Rakhine state on August 25, International Organization for Migration says.