Four Rohingya refugees died after a boat carrying the migrants fleeing persecution in Myanmar capsized in the Naf River at Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early today.
The engine boat carrying the migrants was trying to enter Bangladesh through Shah Porir Dwip at Teknaf upazila of the district when it capsized in the wee hours of today, our Cox’s Bazar staff correspondent reports quoting Officer-in-Charge of Teknaf Police Station Mohammad Main Uddin.
Police recovered the four bodies and search is on for more who are likely missing.
It is not known yet, how many people were on the boat, the official said.
Violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine State on Friday triggering a fresh influx of refugees towards Bangladesh.
Several thousand Rohingyas from Myanmar, mostly women, children and elderly people, were waiting in no man's land along the Naikhyangchhari border to enter Bangladesh territory.
Though Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) remains active against trespassing, more than 10,000 Rohingyas have already managed to get into Bangladesh through several points of the 274km Bangladesh-Myanmar border of Cox's Bazar and Bandarban.
Some Rohingya people with bullet and burn injuries have been admitted to different hospitals in the last three days. They claim to be the victims of Myanmar military offensive.