Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Boat with 150 Rohingya Muslims capsizes off Myanmar

Storm alert: Government warns that tropical cyclone Mahasen moving across the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit Myanmar's western coast late on Thursday.

Storm alert: Government warns that tropical cyclone Mahasen moving across the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit Myanmar's western coast late on Thursday. Photo: AP

Bangkok: A boat carrying up to 150 Rohingya Muslims has capsized off Myanmar's coast as a cyclone heads towards tens of thousands of others living in refugee camps in low-lying flood-prone paddies and coastal areas of the country.

An unknown number of people on the boat are missing amid fears many have drowned, UN officials say.

Tropical cyclone Mahasen moving across the Bay of Bengal is expected to hit Myanmar's western coast late on Thursday with storm surges that could barrel into camps where about 80,000 Rohingya have been living since deadly racial violence forced them from their homes last year.

Human Rights Watch urged Myanmar authorities to immediately evacuate people to higher ground.

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"The Burmese (Myanmar) government didn't heed the repeated warnings by governments and humanitarian aid groups to relocate displaced Muslims ahead of Burma's rainy season," said Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch.

"If the government fails to evacuate those at risk, any disaster that results will not be natural but man-made," he said.

Human Rights Watch said Myanmar authorities made limited evacuations as the cyclone grew in intensity earlier this week and numerous camps remain occupied with no apparent plans to move people.

According to the UN more than 140,000 people were displaced in Rakhine state last year and at least half of them are living in low-lying shelters unable to withstand severe storms.

The boat hit rocks off Pauktaw township and sank on Monday night as its passengers "were travelling to another camp ahead of the cyclone," said a spokeswoman for the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The UN and aid agencies have warned for months of the danger this year's monsoon season poses to displaced people in Rakhine where about 800,000 Rohingya are stateless and have been described by the UN as among the world's most persecuted people.

In the past 12 months thousands of Rohingya have attempted the perilous journey by boat south towards Thailand and Malaysia.

Scores are believed to have drowned.


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