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10 refugee Rohingya children die on another capsized boat from Myanmar

By Sara Shayanian
10 refugee Rohingya children die on another capsized boat from Myanmar
Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar have had to cross the Naf river to reach Bangladesh. Over 500,000 have fled since August. File Photo by Abir/Abdullah/EPA

Oct. 9 (UPI) -- At least 12 more Rohingya refugees have died after their boat capsized near the coast of Bangladesh, authorities said.

Authorities said the boat was overloaded while carrying about 100 people when it sank in the Naf river, which separates Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Out of the 12 dead, officials said 10 were children.

"The trawler capsized near the river's Gholar Char point," a Bangladeshi colonel said. "We recovered the bodies of two Rohingya last night and ten more were recovered this morning."

The cause of the boat's sinking has been attributed to high waves and bad weather.

Nearly half of those on the boat were adult Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge from the ongoing violence in Myanmar. Hundreds of Rohingya adults and about 150 children have drowned in recent weeks attempting to make it to Bangladesh. More than a half-million Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August due to reports of suspected ethnic cleansing.

Last month, nearly 60 Rohingya were killed when another boat sank.

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