50 missing as boat sinks off Bangladesh coast


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Fifty people are missing after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Bangladesh coast.

The boat was reportedly carrying about 70 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, to Malaysia when it sank in the Bay of Bengal early today.

Twenty-three people were rescued but no bodies have been recovered.

Several survivors said they saw some bodies after the boat sank off Bangladesh's Teknaf coast, 200 miles south of the capital Dhaka.

Survivors said they were travelling to look for jobs in Malaysia.