Myanmar will begin "verifying" how numerous near half a million Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh it will take back, the Ministry of Information said Thursday.
There were likely more mass graves yet to be discovered, as the recently-discovered dead appeared to be from a group of 100 Hindus attacked on August 25, by the Arkin Rohingya Salvation Army a militant group run by Rohingya emigres in Saudi Arabia, the HAF said.
Around 120 Rohingya, many of them children, have drowned trying to reach Bangladesh in small fishing boats that coastguards say are woefully inadequate for the rough seas. Violent clashes in the Rakhine State continued in 2012 and 2015, displacing more Rohingya.
An eminent Hindu group in the U.S. has expressed concern over reports that a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers has been discovered in conflict-wreaked Myanmar's Rakhine state.
"An unknown number of people are internally displaced, while hundreds of thousands lack food, shelter and medical services, said the groups, including Care International, Oxfam and Save the Children".
"The government has put the Myanmar Red Cross in charge of aid to the state, with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross".
Human rights observers have said satellite imagery shows half of the 400 self-identifying Rohingya villages in the three townships had been torched and the United Nations human rights chief has labelled the situation "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Rakhine Buddhists are the majority in the state and deadly communal violence has erupted several times in the past.
Under the current plan, the verified refugees will be settled at Dargyizar village, he said.
"The boat hit something underground as it came close to the beach".
Myanmar would conduct a "national verification process" at two points on its border with Bangladesh under terms agreed during a repatriation effort in 1993, state media quoted Win Myat Aye, the minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, as saying.
Contradicting his own party's stand, Gandhi wanted the government to consider granting refugee status to Rohingyas from Myanmar.