"They were suffering dehydration, they are weak and starving," Khairul Nove, head of Langsa Search and Rescue Agency in Indonesia's eastern Aceh province, said of one of the boats of migrants.

The boat was crammed with 102 people, including 26 women and 31 children. It arrived late on Tuesday, he said. Another 272 migrants arrived on eight Indonesian fishing boats on Wednesday morning.

The rescue came just hours after Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said late on Wednesday the country had "given more than it should" to help hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on boats by human traffickers.
    
Marsudi said Indonesia has sheltered 1,346 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants who washed onto Aceh and North Sumatra provinces last week. The first batch came on May 10 with 558 people on a boat, and the second with 807 on three boats landed on Friday.

Even before the crisis, nearly 12,000 migrants were being sheltered in Indonesia awaiting resettlement, she said, with most of those Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

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