Boat carrying 100 ‘refugees’ sinks

Cox’s Bazar, November 25:

A boat carrying about 100 people — possibly being ferried by human traffickers — sank today off a Bangladesh island bordering Myanmar waters, leaving at least one person dead, a police official said.

The wooden fishing boat went down near Saint Martin’s island, about 120 km south of the coastal resort town of Cox’s Bazar, said local police chief Banaj Kumar Majumdar.

One body was recovered, but information on whether there were more casualties and other details about the accident were sketchy. The passengers’ nationalities were not immediately known, but they could be Banglade-shis or Myanmar refugees from camps at Cox’s Bazar.