Fourteen Rohingya refugees die on boat off Bangladesh: Official

Rohingya Muslim arrive on a boat from Myanmar to Bangladesh on Sept. 14, 2017. (AP)

At least 14 people drowned early Tuesday and 70 people were rescued when a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh, officials said.

“So far we have recovered 14 bodies and 70 people alive,” coast guard commander Naim ul Haq told AFP, adding that navy and coast guard boats were still searching near St Martin’s island in the Bay of Bengal.

Many of the 700,000-plus Rohingya who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017 have tried to leave refugee camps in Bangladesh on boats headed for Malaysia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01