Thursday, September 19, 2019 | ePaper

3,000 families turn homeless in slum fire

4 including Fire Service staff injured: Probe body formed

  • Print


About 300 shanties were gutted as massive fire that broke out at Chalantika Slum at Mirpur-7 area in city.

Staff Reporter :
The massive fire that destroyed several thousand shanties at a slum in Mirpur- 7 of Dhaka has been under control early Saturday, Fire Service sources said.
Four persons, including a firefighter, were injured in the incident. Of them, firefighter Jewel Rana was taken to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital while two others -- Kabir and Habib -- to different local hospitals in Mirpur.
Around 24 firefighting units with as many as 125 firefighters brought the blaze under control just early Saturday.
The fire turned thousands of lower-income slum dwellers homeless and left nothing for them other than charred valuables, and despair.Police, RAB, WASA, and other volunteers also assisted the Fire Service personnel to extinguish inferno.
Rupnagar Police Station Inspector (Investigation) Golam Rabbani said, "We have deployed enough police personnel to ensure that everything remains under control."
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam and State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman have visited the spot.
Meanwhile, the Fire Service and Civil Defence has formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident of fire at Mirpur's Jhilpar slum beside the Chalontika intersection of the city.
Md Habibur Rahman, Director of the Fire Service, said the committee led by a Deputy Director was formed to find out the cause behind the fire incident.
Fire Service men being divided into four groups were continuing their search operation since morning, he said.
"We will end our operation with the completion of the search," Habibur added.
Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam visited the spot again in the afternoon and assured the victims that fundamental supports will continue for fire victims:
He said the DNCC would carry the medical expense of the injured.
The Mayor said along with the help of other authorities, they would take whatever steps necessary to assist the affected people.
The DNCC has managed drinking water, first aid, meals and makeshift toilets for the slum dwellers and will provide financial aid if requires, Atiqul added.
The victims will reside in some five to six school buildings until homes for them are built, he further said.

More News For this Category

Saudi Arabia must not trust Trump as friend of Muslims: Seek help from other Muslim countries

Editorial Desk :Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday ruled out talks with Washington after President Donald Trump blamed Tehran for a crippling attack on Saudi Arabia's oil

Protesters come under BCL attack

Protesters come under BCL attack

Rayhanul Islam Abir :A section of Dhaka University students, protesting against illegal enrolment of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) members, came under attack on the campus on Wednesday noon. The students

BD to raise Rohingya issue at UNGA for global support

Staff Reporter :Bangladesh will strongly raise her voice regarding Rohingya repatriation at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly so that Myanmar remains under global pressure to take

 Mamata meets Modi to 'mend ties with centre'

Mamata meets Modi to 'mend ties with centre'

News18.com, New Delhi :Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon met Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Delhi. On the top agenda of the meeting was the betterment of ties

Court accepts chargesheet

UNB, Barguna :A court here on Wednesday accepted the chargesheet in Rifat Sharif murder case and ordered the arrest of nine accused.The order came from the court of Senior Judicial

Pabna OC Obaidul suspended

The government has suspended Pabna Sadar Police OC Obaidul Hoque for his alleged involvement in arranging a marriage between a gang-rape victim and one of the rapists in Pabna.Obaidul Haque

Corruption engulfs society: BNP

Staff Reporter :BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday said that corruption had spread all spheres of society in absence of a popular government in the country.Speaking at

Casinos raided: Owner JL leader Khalid  held from Gulshan house

Casinos raided: Owner JL leader Khalid held from Gulshan house

Staff Reporter :Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained at least 181 people from four casinos in Dhaka in separate drives on Wednesday night.A mobile court of RAB first conducted raid

3 lakh law enforcers to guard puja mandops: Asad

Staff Reporter :Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday informed that some three lakh law enforcers, including Police and Ansar, will be deployed in puja mandops across the country during Durga

2 PCJSS men shot dead in Rangamati

Staff Reporter  :Two members of Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were shot dead at Nobochharai in Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati district on Wednesday.The deceased have been identifewd as Risel