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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Bangladesh fishermen missing in storm

Monsoons in Bangladesh
The monsoon wreaked havoc in southern Bangladesh
At least 11 fishermen are missing after storms off the coast of Bangladesh, say officials,

They went missing after their trawler sank in the Bay of Bengal during a storm on Saturday.

Earlier reports said at least 175 fishermen had gone missing after 20 trawlers had capsized south of Patuakhali district.

Now, the district's police chief says he knows of only two boats sinking in the storm. All 14 crew on board the second vessel were rescued.

Local newspapers on Monday said 100 fishermen were still missing after nine boats sank in the Bay.

Monsoon turbulence

Similar newspaper reports on missing fishermen were also dismissed by the police chief of nearby Barguna district.

The police in Patuakhali say they have no rescue vessels and that they have asked the Coast Guard and the Navy to help find the 11 men still lost at sea.

"We are still waiting to find out the whereabouts of the missing fishermen," one police officer told the BBC.

During the monsoon season it is common for fishing boats to sink in the turbulent waters off Bangladesh's southern coast.

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