Fears for Rohingya stranded at sea for 10 days, as engines fail and eight die

Fears for Rohingya stranded at sea for 10 days, as engines fail and eight die

The Guardian

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UN calls for boat to be rescued, saying ‘immediate action’ needed to ‘prevent further tragedy’

The United Nations refugee agency has called for the immediate rescue of a group of Rohingya refugees adrift in their boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, many of them ill and suffering from extreme dehydration.

The UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) said it did not know the exact location of the vessel and understood that some passengers had died. The boat had left southern Bangladesh about 10 days ago and experienced engine failure, it said.

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