By Azania Post Reporter
BORDER guard Bangladesh official Abdul Jalil has said that 12 Rohingya refugees drowned when their boat capsized, while others 13 rescued.
This is the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced over 500,000 people from their homes.
Jalil said 12 bodies had been recovered after an all-night rescue operation, saying "they include 10 children, an elderly woman and a man".
He said 13 Rohingya, including three women and two children, were rescued after scouring the estuary of the Naf river.
Area coast guard commander Alauddin Nayan said the boat sank in the mouth of the Naf river near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh, with nearly 100 people on board.
More than half a million Rohingya have emptied out of northern Rakhine and into Bangladesh since August 25, carrying stories of mass killings, gang rapes, and razing of whole villages.
Myanmar has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing, saying the military offensive was a "clearance operation" to flush out Rohingya fighters who had staged attacks on border posts in August.
More than six weeks after the violence erupted, Rohingya continue to arrive in Bangladesh.
Sunday's incident is the latest of a series of deadly boat disasters involving Rohingya refugees.
Most recently, on September 28, a boat carrying about 80 refugees overturned. Seventeen survived, while 23 were confirmed dead and the remainder declared missing.
Myanmar considers the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh despite the ethnic minority living there for generations.