Dhaka. An accident occurred when a boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal while attempting to fly to Malaysia on Tuesday near Bangladesh, traumatizing 15 Rohingya refugees. A Coast Guard officer of Bangladesh has confirmed this. 77 people have been rescued, while 40 others are missing. Coast Guard media officer Lt. Hayat Ibna Siddiqui said the accident occurred after a stone collided with a boat near St Martin's Island around 7 am. Coast Guard Commander Naeem-ul-Haq told that 15 bodies have been found so far, 70 people have been rescued.
He said that Coast Guard boats are still searching near St. Martin's Island. More than 700,000 Rohingyas who fled after being overwhelmed by military action in Myanmar in 2017, are trying to leave Bangladesh's refugee camps and go to Malaysia by sea. It is being told that most of the victims are women, residents of various Rohingya camps located in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar and Ukhia Apazila. Coast Guard media officer Lt. Commander M. Hameedul Islam said at least 300 people started the journey to Monakhali on Monday night. Death toll may increase further.
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