Friday, 10 April 2020

Teknaf, Bangladesh: The police in Teknaf, a border town of Bangladesh, recovered a floating body from the Naf River on August 25, said Hashim from Teknaf.  Police suspected that the body might be of one of the ill-fated fishermen gone missing when a boat capsized in a storm on August 22 in the Bay of Bengal near Burma waters. Witnesses said the body was of a middle-aged male, likely to be a Rohingya fisherman. Burial was done in a grave yard as the body could not be identified. About 32 Bangladeshi fishermen including Rohingya fishermen were missing after three trawlers capsized in the Bay of Bengal near Burmese waters on the night of August 22, due to heavy winds and rain. In Cox’s Bazaar district, most of the fishermen work in fishing trawlers because of scarcity of jobs for Rohingya people.  Every year, Rohingya fishermen drown in the Bay of Bengal when boats sink due to heavy winds and rain. The Bangladesh Coast Guard and other fishing trawlers rescued 19 fishermen from the Bay of Bengal but the rest of the fishermen are still missing, according to fishing Association in Cox’s Bazaar. Hearing reports of the recovery of the body, relatives of the missing fisherman and crew thronged different fishing trawler association offices looking for the missing men on the bank of the Naf River.