Malaysia to launch migrant sea search and rescue

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis are believed to be trapped on boats at with little food or water.

Antara Foto, Syifa/REUTERS

Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia's shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to attend a regional meeting aimed at easing the crisis.