Thousands displaced in massive Dhaka slum fire

Thousands displaced in massive Dhaka slum fire

Dhaka, Aug 18: 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 Friday, 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 Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

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.

IANS

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