A boat conveying about 727 migrants had been intercepted by Myanmar Navy officials after they had found a similar vessel carrying about 200 migrants.
The boat conveyed most people from Bangladesh, a senior official from the president’s office, Zaw Htay, disclosed this on Friday, May 29, 2015.
They were described as “Bengalis”, by Myanmar’s Ministry of Information, a term the government uses to describe the country’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority as well as people from Bangledesh.
Earlier on, some South-East Asian migrants were tackled at a regional crisis meeting in Thailand.
Myanmar insists it was not in defaulted for the South-East Asia’s latest influx of “Boat People”.
The United Nations also reveals that thousands of vulnerable migrants remained adrift at sea and in need of urgent rescue.