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Rohingya: Death Toll and Millman

rohingya: Based on interviews that IOM has conducted with survivors, Millman said, We believe 40 are missing and presumed drowned on the vessel, which was thought to have been carrying about 80 people, according to CBC. He said he didn't have information immediately about whether it was the worst death toll at sea since the exodus of Rohingya began Aug. 25 amid violence targeting them in Myanmar. Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration told reporters in Geneva that 23 deaths have been confirmed after eight more bodies were found overnight following an initial count of 15. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since then. The Bangladeshi captain had not initially charged the passengers any fee for the transport and had been trying to avoid sea patrols or checkpoints, he said. Human rights nightmare' in Myanmar could spread, UN chief warns Myanmar government plans to redevelop torched Rohingya villages The very tragic accident involved a vessel that had been at sea for two days with no food and had faced choppy seas, Millman said. ( As reported in the news.