About 3000 families (10,000 people) in Bangladesh have been left homeless after a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka.
For the instant they have taken refuge in cramped camps at nearby schools closed for the weeklong holiday. The fire broke out at in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday and razed around 2,000 mostly tin shacks. It took firefighters hours to get the blaze under control. No one was killed but several were injured."According to our investigation committee 1200 shanties were damaged and out of this 750 shanties burnt totally," said Enamur Rahman, junior minister for Disaster Management and Relief. Most residents were away celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
The government will initially provide a total of 500 tonnes of rice and cash for everyone affected. Most of them have nothing. "We are providing them with food, water, mobile toilets, and electricity supply," municipal official Shafiul Azam told to media. Fires at factories, slums and markets are common in Bangladesh. This happens due due to lax safety measures. A 2010 fire in Nimtoli, one of the most densely populated districts of the capital, killed 123 people.