At least fifteen people died after a boat capsized off the coast of southern Bangladesh on Tuesday. The boat was carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia when it sank.
Malaysia’s coastguard spokesman Hamidul Islam said about 130 people, mainly women and children, were sailing across the Bay of Bengal on a wooden fishing trawler when the tragedy struck.
The authorities said seventy people have since been rescued from the waters. The navy and coastguard boats are still searching the seas near St Martin’s island.
The overcrowded boat was one of the two that were attempting to cross the 2,000-kilometre channel before the start of the monsoon season.