About 60 people are now believed to have died when a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence capsized off Bangladesh, the UN says.

The boat overturned in rough seas late yesterday.

According to BBC News, a UN spokesman said 23 people were now confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”.

Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in the state.

Violence erupted in Rakhine on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military crackdown.

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