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Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found

AFP  |  Cox's Bazar 

The of another nine have washed up in after an overloaded carrying scores of desperate sank in rough seas, police said today, taking the confirmed toll to 23.

Eight were found on the banks of the Naf river, which separates from Myanmar, and another was found miles away on the island of St Martin.

More than half of the victims in the latest disaster were children, said Mian Uddin, police chief for the border town of Teknaf.

He could not say how many people were missing, but survivors and officials have said the was carrying between 60 and 100 people. So far 15 have been rescued by coast guards and border guards, though authorities say some may have swum to Myanmar.

More than half a million have arrived in since August 25, fleeing a military crackdown that followed attacks by militants on police posts.

The exodus had slowed, but in recent days officials say there have been thousands of fresh arrivals, most coming from parts of Myanmar's Rakhine state that are far from the border with

Many cross the Naf river at its narrowest point, but others are attempting to make the journey by sea, boarding often rickety fishing trawlers that are wholly inadequate for the rough waters in the Bay of Bengal. Nearly 160 have drowned.

Among the latest influx were two young boys aged two and three, who died due to hunger and exhaustion as they entered

"Their parents told us that they died due to starvation. They walked seven days and did not have anything to eat," Sultan Ahmed, a local councillor at Anjumanpara border village, told AFP.

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First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 11:22 IST