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81 dead, 50 injured after major fire broke out in Dhaka

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According to the information given by the sources, in an incident that took place in Bangladesh’s Dhaka that killed at least 81 people and 50 others got injured after a major fire broke out through a densely packed building in a centuries-old neighborhood.

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is monitoring the situation and that a five-member panel has been formed to probe the incident.

“So far, 70 bodies have been recovered,” Julfikar Rahman, a director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, told media. “The number could rise further as the search continues,” he added.

The Chawkbazar area is crammed with buildings separated by narrow alleys. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial buildings that commonly have shops, restaurants or warehouses on the ground floors.

It took nearly 200 firefighters and more than five hours to contain the blaze in the area which, locals claimed, was home to more than three million people. Firemen claimed to have struggled with the supply of water and were forced to pump supplies from the nearby mosque.

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Hundred of relatives thronged the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in search of missing relatives. “All of them were crying and desperate,” a witness told media. “Relatives entered the morgue and searched a register for the names of their nearest and dearest.”

Attacking the ruling government over the tragic mishap, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, said, “This tragic incident happened due to the indifference and callousness of the government, as well as mismanagement.”

“We need cooperation to find such illegal godowns as the area is vast and houses thousands of buildings,” Sayeed Khokon, the South Dhaka mayor, told media.

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