The bodies of 14 people have been washed away on a beach in Myanmar, police told AFP on Monday, as a local rescue team said some Rohingya were trying to reach Malaysia.
A local Rohingya activist said the migrants were traveling by boat from western Myanmar.
“Fourteen bodies have been found, and 35 people, including the boat owner, have been rescued alive,” said Lt. Col. Tun Shoe, a spokesman for Pathein District, 200 kilometers west of Yangon.
A member of the Myanmar rescue organization Pathein, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the team had found eight bodies on Sunday, all of them Rohingya minorities.
A local Rohingya activist told AFP that 12 women and two boys had died.
Their boat was carrying people from the towns of Buthidang, Maungdaw and Sittwe in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the worker added, requesting anonymity.
Millions of Rohingya Muslim Buddhist-majority have fled Myanmar since 2017 after military crackdowns that refugees say include genocide and rape.
The Rohingyas still living in Myanmar are widely seen as mediators in Bangladesh and are deprived of their citizenship, many rights and services.
Every year, hundreds of Rohingya travel by dangerous, month-long sea route to other parts of Southeast Asia.
Relatively prosperous Malaysia is usually the destination of choice, but they often go to Indonesia.
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