More than 600 people were rescued from two boats that were drifting in the Indonesian Waters and landed illegally on May 10 and 11, 2015. The officials said that the boats were crowded with Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims and included many women and children. The boats were towed by local fishermen to the shores of the Ace province on May 10, 2015.

The boats were lost after the human traffickers abandoned their virtual prison ships. A group of 600 people landed at the Indonesian coastal province of Aceh on about four boats on May 10, 2015. Later a total of 1,018 people arrived in three boats at the northern resort of Langkawi.

Rohingya Muslims are refused as citizens by Myanmar. The sect has faced exodus many times in recent years to the nearby countries. Aid agencies have predicted that the boats were at sea for about a week and have been trying to reach Malaysia. People on the boat thought that they were in Indonesia and were left behind by the smugglers.
Budiawan, an Aceh provincial rescue chief Budiawan said, “We received a report from fishermen this morning that there were boat people stranded.” Reports say that at least 50 of them required hospitalization as they suffered from starvation.

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