Had Been Warned Several Times to Move Out
ONE OF A CONTINUING STRING of slum fires in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka destroyed over 300 shanties Sunday afternoon, completely leveling the entire "Agargaon Bazaar Busti" (slum) behind the Divisional Passport & Visa Office. The fire brigade had the fire knocked down in an hour, but all property was lost to the blaze.
According to the bdnews24, the people are saying that the government has wanted to use the land to build a new office for the government's telecom regulatory agency. They add that there have been several notices over the past year ordering the squatters to vacate the area. The number of shanties is estimated to be between 360 and 500. The Daily Star is reporting:
No casualty was reported as most of the slum dwellers were out working while some children and aged persons who were inside managed to escape on time, said witnesses.
On information, nine fire trucks from the fire service headquarters and Mirpur and Mohammadpur stations rushed to the spot and, after frantic efforts, brought the fire under control around 1:50pm.
Mohammapur Fire Station Senior Station Officer Abdul Alim said some slum dwellers alleged that the fire spread from an earthen stove in the shanty of one Rashid around 12:20pm.
Rashid is one of 108 men who erected the tin and wood structures on government land and rented those out, he said.
BBC News provided this video report:
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