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US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

Thailand and the United States have begun military surveillance flights in a race against time to locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, according to the Asian Correspondent.

More than 3,500 migrants have already landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand this month, but thousands more are believed to be trapped at sea in boats abandoned by their captains.

Efforts to save the migrants have been stepped up since Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to offer them temporary asylum. Thailand said Tuesday it had begun air reconnaissance missions looking for stranded migrant boats in the Andaman Sea.


Updated : 2021-09-23 07:50 GMT+08:00