Migrants found off Myanmar to be taken to Rakhine state: official

A Myanmar navy ship is anchored near Haigyi island, NgaPuTaw Township, Irrawaddy Division on May 30, 2015More than 700 migrants found crammed into a fishing boat by Myanmar’s navy will be taken to the country’s troubled Rakhine state, a local official said Saturday, adding all those on board were from Bangladesh. A total of 727 people, including 74 women and 45 children, were discovered in the hull of a vessel on Friday morning in the Irrawaddy delta region with state media reporting that 50 passengers had perished before they were rescued. The majority of those fleeing to the three countries are persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state or people escaping poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh.

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