Rohingya trawler capsize: Child’s body recovered, 25 still missing
Published: 10:06 PM, 15 August 2021
The body of a child was recovered and one has been rescued alive after a trawler carrying Rohingyas capsized in the Bay of Bengal while fleeing from Bhasan Char in Noakhali.
The body of the recovered child was handed over to Bhasan Char police on Sunday afternoon. However, 25 people are still missing.
The missing were identified as – Setara Begum, Hedayet Ullah, Hamida and her daughter Rashida, Ena Ullah, Paramin, Supaira, Kismat Ara, Ferdous, Sakina, Nur Ayesha, Abul Basar, Taslima, Nur Kalima, Laili, Mostakim, Iman Hossain, Rafique, Minar Begum, Nabi Hossain, Rajuma, Abdul Hafez, Nur Kamal and Imran Hasan. All of them were the residents of the Rohingya camp in Bhasan Char.
Bhasan Char Police Station OC Mohammad Rafiqur Islam said the recovered body of the child was identified as Abul Hafeez, 10, son of Amir Hamza, a resident of Room K-7, Cluster No. 54, Bhasan Char Rohingya Camp.
Earlier on Saturday night, missing Abdur Rahman was rescued alive from the Keranirhat area of Satkania upazila in Chattogram, he added.
Around 41 Rohingya women and children fled from different clusters of the Bhasan Char Rohingya Camp on Friday night by an engine-driven fishing trawler to Chattogram. The trawler overturned after reaching the Bay of Bengal area in Chattogram at midnight. At that time, the fishermen of the area rescued 14 Rohingyas alive. The rest were swept away by the current. The fishermen took the injured Rohingyas to the Bhasan Char camp on Saturday morning.
Sanamulla and Yasmin of Cluster 23, who were rescued alive, said they were “fleeing from Bhasan Char to Chattogram” by a fishing trawler amid the hostile weather at night. Their trawler overturned due to strong current on the Bay. The missing had 15-16 children, they added.
Noakhali DC Mohammad Khorshed Alam said a youth was rescued alive on Saturday night and recovered the body of a child on Sunday afternoon. The rescue operation for the missing Rohingyas continues.