Ordeal by fire even while raining.
News Report Barely a week after a chemical blaze left 69 people dead in southern Dhaka, another fire left two children drowned in a ditch as many shanties burnt down in the city's northern part. Some 100,000 people were rendered homeless as their jerrybuilt small homes got reduced to ashes as the fire raged through two adjacent slums in Bhasantek area on Wednesday night.
'It appeared to be an ordeal by fire as the fire occurred even while it has been raining for some days," some analysts commented. Reports said firefighters recovered the bodies of two children from a canal near the scene of the slum fire in the capital's Mirpur-14 area in the wee hours of Thursday. One of the children was two-and-a-half-year old and the other two-month old, firemen said.
The fire burnt down about 1,000 shanties in two slums near the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed.
The blaze broke out from one of the shanties before spreading throughout the slums, according to Fire Service officials.
The slums, consisting of cottages made from bamboo, had sprawled over a government-owned marshland, Bhashantek Police Inspector (Investigation) Shafiqul Islam said According to locals, the two slums behind CRP were home to around 100,000 people.
The incident in Mirpur came just eight days after the deadly fire in Chawkbazar left at least 69 people dead on February 20 night.
The latest one falls in a series of fires in recent times in Dhaka and in some other parts of the country that left many in tears and pains and officials groping for an answer to a number of queries.