Dozens of Rohingya missing after boat sinks off Myanmar

Migrants from Myanmar's Muslim-minority Rohingya at a detention centre after they were rounded up in raids on hidden camps in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on January 16, 2013.— AFP pic

Migrants from Myanmar’s Muslim-minority Rohingya at a detention centre after they were rounded up in raids on hidden camps in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on January 16, 2013.— AFP pic

(SOURCE) YANGON, Nov 3 — A boat carrying almost 70 Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing sectarian tensions capsized today off Myanmar’s coast, police said, leaving dozens missing in treacherous seas.

The boat was believed to be carrying the Rohingya from Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine to Malaysia, where thousands of members of the Muslim minority have sought sanctuary since violent clashes with Buddhists erupted last year.

“Altogether 66 people – 38 men and 28 women – were on board when the boat capsized,” a police official in Rakhine told AFP, adding six survivors had been found in the Bay of Bengal.

 The missing are believed to have been IDPs (internally displaced persons) from the area around the state capital Sittwe, the officer added, requesting anonymity.

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