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Asylum seekers say 98 died at sea

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Rohingya asylum seekers rescued by the Sri Lankan navy earlier this week told police that 98 people died during the voyage that began two months ago. 

A handout photo released by the Sri Lanka Navy Media Unit shows some of the 32 Myanmar nationals being provided emergency treatment by navy personnel aboard the SLNS Sagara, in Galle, on Feb 17, after they were rescued from a sinking vessel some 250 nautical miles east. The SLNS Sagara rescued 32 Myanmarese, four of them in critical condition after being left at sea without food or water for 21 days. According to the survivors 98 died and their bodies were cast overboard. The rescued were rushed to hospital on landing and once fit are to be handed over to the police for further action. (Photo: EPA/NAVY MEDIA UNIT)

Sri Lanka’s navy rescued 32 asylum seekers from Myanmar and placed them in the custody of immigration officials, according to Sri Lankan police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody. The group was heading to Australia, Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor told Australia’s 2UE Radio today.

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