Around 3,000 homeless as fire guts Bangladesh slum; no casualties reported as residents were away celebrating Eid, say officials

About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka

Reuters August 19, 2019 08:09:56 IST
Around 3,000 homeless as fire guts Bangladesh slum; no casualties reported as residents were away celebrating Eid, say officials
  • About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka

  • Three people were injured in the blaze that struck a congested slum in Mirpur town on Friday night

  • Video footage showed heavy plumes of smoke billowing all around the slum area, just a few kilometres from the country’s main cricket stadium

Dhaka: About 3,000 people in Bangladesh were left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka, government officials said on Sunday.

Around 3000 homeless as fire guts Bangladesh slum no casualties reported as residents were away celebrating Eid say officials

Slum dwellers are seen gather near their shelters after fire burnt them out in Dhaka. Reuters

Three people were injured in the blaze that struck a congested slum in Mirpur town on Friday night.

Video footage showed heavy plumes of smoke billowing all around the slum area, just a few kilometres from the country’s main cricket stadium.

Fire officials scrambled to get access to enough water and struggled for three hours to douse the flames, said Anwar Hossain, senior station manager of Mirpur fire station.

“According to our investigation committee 1,200 shanties were damaged and out of this 750 shanties burnt totally,” said Enamur Rahman, a junior minister for Disaster Management and Relief.

There were no fatalities as most residents were away celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials said.

Rahman said the government will initially provide a total of 500 tonnes of rice and 1.3 million taka (15,476 dollars) for everyone affected and authorities were looking into the reason for the fire and to assess the extent of the damage. He rejected some news reports that said many more homes were destroyed.

Fires at factories, slums and markets are common in Bangladesh. At least 25 people were killed in March this year when fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in Dhaka’s upscale area of Banani.

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