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Thousands homeless after burning shanties in the Dhaka slum: NPR



A fire that broke out on Friday night in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has left nearly 10,000 people homeless. The fire destroyed hundreds of huts in a slum where many people work in the textile factories of the city.

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A fire that broke out on Friday night in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has left nearly 10,000 people homeless. The fire destroyed hundreds of huts in a slum where many people work in the textile factories of the city.

Munir Uz Zaman / AFP / Getty Images

About 10,000 people were made homeless in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, after hundreds of huts were set on fire in a slum on Friday night.

Many residents, most of whom are low-wage workers, celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and were away from home when the fire broke out. While some people were injured, no deaths were reported, according to the BBC.

The Guardian reports that the displaced have temporarily found refuge in nearby schools.

As the government seeks to find a more sustainable solution for those who have lost their homes, it also seeks to meet immediate needs. [19659008] "We provide them with food, water, portable toilets and electricity," official Shafiul Azam said after The Guardian .

Of those who were at home when the fire broke out they were unable to save much of anything.

Saidur Rahman escaped the fire and told the Dhaka Tribune: "Everyone was in the same situation, nobody could come out with anything, we are poor people, I do not know what to do or where to go." [19659013Shantieslikethosedestroyedareusuallymadeofthinsheetmetalwoodandplasticmakingthemparticularlypronetofire

According to Bangladeshi Minister of Disaster Management and Assistance, Enamur Rahman, "80% of the slum was completely or partially destroyed". Rahman told CNN that the Bangladeshi government had plans to provide food and financial support to all those affected by the disaster.


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