The Indian Coast Guard has found a boat adrift in the Andaman Sea carrying Rohingya refugees including 8 people who had died.
On February 11, the boat sailed from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh carrying 64 women including 8 girls and 26 men including 5 boys.
The engine of the boat failed on February 15 and has been adrift in the sea for weeks. The vessel ran out of food and water and many of the refugees were ill. Due to the severe conditions 8 of the passengers died.
Discussions with the Government of Bangladesh are going on to ensure their safe and secure repatriation.