A fishermen boat (left) sails next a boat used by Rohingya refugees to arrive in Lamnga beach, Aceh province on Jan 8, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)
JAKARTA - More than 180 Rohingya refugees landed in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday, officials said, the latest among hundreds who have fled by boat from Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The United Nations refugee agency has said 2022 may have been one of the deadliest years at sea in almost a decade for the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar.
A spokesperson for the local police, Kamil, confirmed by phone that 184 Rohingya had arrived in East Aceh district and were "all in healthy condition".
Miftah Cut Ade, a senior member of the local fishing community in Aceh, said 90 women and children were among the migrants, who arrived about 3:30 am (2030 GMT) on Monday
It was not immediately clear how many vessels they were on.
Miftah Cut Ade, a senior member of the local fishing community in Aceh, said 90 women and children were among the migrants, who arrived about 3:30 am (2030 GMT) on Monday.
Many Rohingya have for years attempted in rickety wooden boats to reach neighboring Thailand and Bangladesh, and Malaysia and Indonesia, especially between November and April when the seas are calm. An untold number of them have died at sea from disease, hunger and fatigue.
Since November last year, Indonesia has registered 918 Rohingya who reached Aceh, its westernmost region, according to the foreign ministry, having made the journey south in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. That compared to 180 in the whole of 2021.
Nearly 1 million Rohingya live in crowded conditions in Bangladesh.
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