The UN confirmed the accident.
Boats evacuating hundreds of Rohingya refugees from a coastal town in the violence-hit Rakhine state in western Myanmar sank on Tuesday, with hundreds on board.
A vessel tugging two wooden boats packed with Rohingya “displaced people” from last year’s sectarian violence in the Rakhine sank after departing from Pauktaw township, during an evacuation in preparation for Cyclone Mahasen, UN spokesman, James Munn, confirmed.
“There were less than 200 on board,’’ Mr. Munn said. “There are survivors, but we don’t know how many.’’