Massive Dhaka slum fire leaves 50,000 people homeless

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A Bangladeshi man tries to extinguish a fire as a fire blazes in a slum in Dhaka.-AFP

Dhaka - Firefighters took more than six hours to put out the flames.



By IANS

Published: Sun 18 Aug 2019, 10:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 18 Aug 2019, 4:20 PM

A massive fire has ravaged a slum in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, leaving 50,000 people homeless, the media reported.
About 15,000 houses were destroyed in the Chalantika slum late on Friday (August 16), the BBC reported.
Many houses had plastic roofs, which helped the flames to spread. No deaths have been reported, although several people were injured, authorities said.
Most residents are low-wage earners and many were away after the Eid al-Adha festival.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Firefighters took more than six hours to put out the flames.
In February, a fire in Dhaka killed about 80 people, and nine died in another blaze in a slum in the coastal city of Chittagong.


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