Dhaka – At least nine people were killed and more than dozen others injured after a truck carrying aid for Rohingya refugees fell in a roadside ditch in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Bandarban, police said on Thursday.
The van loaded with aids provided by Red Crescent Society of Bangladesh met the tragic accident when it reached near Chakdala border outpost of Naikhongchhari sub-district, some 300 kilometers south-east of the capital Dhaka.
Six people, who were aboard the truck on top of the packets of relief goods, died instantly as the van overturn on them at about 8 am, officer Sanjit Kumar told reporters.
Local residents rushed at least 14 people at different health facilities, where three others died, he added.
Mohammad Jahangir, district secretary of the voluntary organization said the aid-loaded truck was heading towards a makeshift refugee camp at Chakdala, where several hundred Rohingya Muslims have been living since they crossed into Bangladesh a few weeks ago.
The society hired volunteers to distribute the relief good among the refugees, he said.
Naikhongchhari Upazila administrator Sarwar Kamal said the injured were undergoing treatment at the nearest health complex.
More than 421,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh fleeing ethnic violence erupted in neighbouring Myanmar on August 25. The authorities have been struggling with relief distribution as the the streams of refugees flooded Bangladesh abruptly.