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Massive fire in Bangladesh destroys thousands of homes

Massive fire in Bangladesh destroys thousands of homes

August 20th, 2019

Fire consumed almost 2,000 tin shacks. Image source: Dhaka Tribune
Fire consumed almost 2,000 tin shacks. Image source: Dhaka Tribune

On August 16th, a fire broke out in the Chalantika slum of Mirpur-7, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, about 3 km away from the Mirpur School, which is the focus of our Save a School campaign. Although there were no deaths reported, at least 10,000 people are now homeless.

 

The authorities are trying to find permanent accommodation for the residents, who are receiving food and water in temporary shelters. Fires are frequent in the area, mainly because of unsafe materials and poor safety measures. At least 100 people have been killed this year in fires across Dhaka.

 

Members of Good Neighbors Bangladesh (GNB) have visited the site and found out three of their sponsored children had their homes burned down. Support is being provided for the families. While two of them managed to shift houses, the third one is staying in a rented tin shed, according to Francis Shyamal Biswas, manager at Mirpur CDP and school.

 

This family has four members: Rabbi, who is in fifth grade, his brother and parents. Like most people, they were away for Eid holidays. The need assessment indicated that GNB will need approximately $1,500 for one year support, covering food, household materials and house rent.

Residents are currently forced to live outdoors if they can't find shelter. Image source: AsiaNews
Residents are currently forced to live outdoors if they can't find shelter. Image source: AsiaNews
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