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Boat carrying Rohingya Muslims capsizes off Burma

A boat carrying Rohingya Muslims has capsized off western Burma, aid agencies say.

The boat, said to be carrying up to 200 passengers, was evacuating people ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to hit the area later in the week.

It sank off Pauktaw township in Rakhine state late on Monday, leaving an unknown number of people missing.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are living in temporary camps in Rakhine after violence last year.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 14 May 2013
  • From the section Asia