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Police in Bangladesh say they have recovered the bodies of nine people believed to have been on a boat full of Rohingya that capsized overnight while fleeing Burma.

Mainuddin Khan, police chief in the border town of Teknaf, said the bodies were recovered on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

It was not immediately clear how many passengers were on the boat, or whether there might be more victims.

A total of 84 bodies have recovered from the Naf River since violence broke out in Burma on August 25A total of 84 bodies have recovered from the Naf River since violence broke out in Burma on August 25 (Bernat Armangue/AP)

Mr Khan said a total of 84 bodies had been recovered from the Naf River since violence broke out in Burma on August 25 and drove some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to seek safety in Bangladesh.

Local officials and aid organisations were struggling to provide food, water and medical care to all of the new arrivals.