Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

BOAT CAPSIZE IN BAY

9 more children found dead

Death toll stands at 31

Raging waves lash upon the sea shores at Cox's Bazar on Thursday. Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. seven in the morning as Cyclone Mahasen moved slightly north-northeastwards over the Bay. File photo: Focus Bangla

Raging waves lash upon the sea shores at Cox’s Bazar on Thursday. Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. seven in the morning as Cyclone Mahasen moved slightly north-northeastwards over the Bay. File photo: Focus Bangla

Police recovered the bodies of nine children from Teknaf shore on Friday, raising the death toll from the boat capsize in Bay to 31.

The bodies were retrieved in Dargah Chhara and Habir Chhara areas between 6:00am and 3:00pm, said Didar Ferdous, inspector of Teknaf Police Station.

He said the children were between 10 and 12 years.

The bodies were taken to Teknaf Police Station, reports our correspondent in Cox’s Bazar.

The inspector added that the death toll could rise as reports of floating of more bodies were poring in.

Earlier on Thursday, 22 bodies were recovered from Teknaf shore. The dead include 15 children and three women.

Babul Akhter, additional Police commissioner of Cox’s Bazar, said a trawler had capsized with 200 Rohingyas in Myanmar two days ago and that the 22 dead might be among the victims of the accident.

Ferdous however said a trawler carrying some passengers sank in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday night, after cyclone Mahasen hit the coastal belts and the dead were among the passengers.

The 22 victims, most of them apparently Myanmar nationals, had set off for Malaysia from Teknaf on Wednesday, Didar added.