On Sunday, thousands of shanty homes destroyed and at least 10,000 people are homeless after a massive fire swept through a crowded slum in the Bangladesh capital.
Late on Friday, the fire broke out at in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighborhood and razed around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain said.
Firefighters said, authorities eventually got the blaze under control and no-one was killed, although several people had minor wounded.
Most of the people were not in the slum as they had left their homes to celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday with their families, Otherwise the damage would have been bigger.
Around 10,000 people have taken refuge in crammed camps at nearby schools closed for the weeklong holiday, according to Hossain.
“We are providing them with food, water, mobile toilets, and electricity supply,” municipal official Shafiul Azam told International news, adding that authorities were trying to find permanent accommodation.
Experts say fires are frequent in Dhaka due to lax safety measures.
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20 September, 2019