About 3,000 homeless as fire consumes Bangladesh slum
SEE ALSO :Cold snap kills 50 people“According to our investigation committee 1,200 shanties were damaged and out of this 750 shanties burned totally,” said Enamur Rahman, 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) 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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