The UN refugee agency has lauded the Sri Lankan Government for rescuing 71 boat people who had been adrift at sea for nearly two weeks, and said it is now awaiting access to the survivors of the perilous voyage. The group of 50 Myanmar nationals and 21 Bangladeshis had been adrift since Feb. 20 after their boat engine failed, a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson told reporters in Geneva. The boat was found adrift in high seas off Sri Lanka?s northern district of Mullaitivu. All of the victims are now receiving medical care at the naval base in eastern Trincomalee harbor. (UN News Agency)

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