The United Nations refugee company has referred to as for the rapid rescue of a bunch of Rohingya refugees adrift of their boat within the Andaman Sea with out meals or water, a lot of them sick and affected by excessive dehydration.

The UN excessive commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) mentioned it didn’t know the precise location of the vessel and understood that some passengers had died. The boat had left southern Bangladesh about 10 days in the past and skilled engine failure, it mentioned.

“Fast motion is required to save lots of lives and forestall additional tragedy,” UNHCR mentioned in an announcement, providing to assist governments by offering humanitarian assist to these rescued.

A senior Indian coastguard official confirmed to Reuters that the boat has been tracked to an space off the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Map of Andoman and Nicobar Islands.

A minimum of eight individuals had died on the boat, in line with Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Undertaking, a bunch that screens the Rohingya disaster.

Lewa mentioned Indian navy vessels that have been shut by had offered meals and water. “However we nonetheless don’t know what they are going to do afterwards,” he added.

A spokesperson for India’s navy didn’t present particulars of the state of affairs however mentioned an announcement could be issued later.

In accordance with UNHCR, the boat set out from the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, the place about 1,000,000 Rohingya reside in dire circumstances in sprawling refugee camps.

In Malaysia in the meantime, activists have made a last-ditch authorized bid to halt the deportation Tuesday of 1,200 Myanmar detainees to their homeland weeks after a coup, following a storm of criticism.

The migrants, together with members of weak minorities, have been arriving at a army base on Malaysia’s west coast, to be loaded on to a few vessels despatched by the Myanmar navy.

The US and the UN have criticised the plan, and have referred to as for the UN refugee company to be granted entry to the detainees to evaluate whether or not any are asylum seekers.

The UN says it is aware of of at the very least six are registered with them and in want of worldwide safety.

Lots of of hundreds of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in 2017 after a lethal crackdown by safety forces in Myanmar.

Authorities in Bangladesh mentioned on Monday they have been unaware of any boats leaving the camps. “If we had such info, we’d have stopped them,” mentioned Rafiqul Islam, a further police superintendent in Cox’s Bazar.

Amnesty Worldwide mentioned in an announcement that too many lives had already been misplaced from international locations refusing to help Rohingya individuals at sea.

“One other repeat of these shameful incidents should be averted right here,” mentioned Amnesty South Asia campaigner Saad Hammadi.

“After years of limbo in Bangladesh and following the latest coup in Myanmar, Rohingya individuals really feel they don’t have any possibility however to undertake these perilous journeys.”