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More dead bodies floating in the sea

Chittagong,
Bangladesh:
 
More than 30 dead bodies are floating near Saint Martin Island in the
Bay of Bengal today morning, according to fishermen who went to the
sea for fishing.


“We
found 30 dead bodies of people, which are floating in the Bay of
Bengal, are not recognized who are they, maybe Rohingya refugee
–fleeing from central Arakan- or the boat people – which sunk
last week of October- and no one was rescued this dead bodies.”


“We
informed to the authorities of Bangldesh and informed also to the
people of Maungdaw about the dead bodies to save the dead bodies to
bury, but still we don’t see anyone do it.”

“We
are trying to get permission from Bangladesh authority to save and
bury, but no.”
“But,
thousands of boats go out to sea for fishing every day. We have asked
them to watch out for bodies,” said Lieutenant Badruddoza, a
coastguard commander in Teknaf on the southeast tip of Bangladesh.
“The
desperate families of the missing passengers have also been searching
for bodies,” he added.
If these dead bodies
are from sinking boat, they are mostly Bangladeshi and a few are
Rohingya –only 40, said Kalam, a fishing trawler Mazi (leader) from
Shapuri Dip.
“If
these dead bodies are from fleeing boats, they are died for
starvation as no water, no foods and no medicines. They were not
allowing in Burma or Bangladesh to land. The Burmese government did
not allow them to land when they arrived at Maungdaw south and kept
them on the boat in the sea.”
The Rohingya from
central are floating in the sea as the Burmese and Bangldeshi
governments are not allowing them to land. So, more boats – more
than 35 boats stranded near Akyab and nearly 40 boats are stranded
near Saint Martin Island. 4 boats land in Maungdaw south, but Burmese
authority didn’t allow them to take shelter. UNHCR tried to set up
a temporary camp for these boat people- Rohingyas, said a politician
from Maungdaw.
The head of the
Muslim community in Minbya denied that they instigated the unrest and
some people were already planning for violence and the family was
merely a scapegoat, according to The Irrawaddy.
The government has
reported that 28,000 people have been made homeless during the recent
violence, which started on Oct.21, while a total of 2,950 houses, 14
religious buildings and eight rice mills were razed to the ground.
Eighty-eight people have been confirmed dead while 129 have been
hospitalized as carnage raged across nine townships, according to
official figures.
The United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that there could be even
more displaced people as the numbers of those who fled could not be
verified.
Vivian Tan,
spokesperson for the UNHCR in Bangkok, said “We believe that there
could be more people displaced because some fled to the hills. But we
do not know how many. Around 6,000 people got on fishing boats. They
are trying to find a safe place to land so they can get some help.”



Source KPN