The worst fire in Dhaka since 1971

It’s been a tragic week for Dhaka. On Tuesday night a five-storey construction site collapsed, killing more than 20 people. And last night in Old Dhaka an electrical transformer exploded, causing a fire to start in an adjacent store selling inflammable plastics. So far 116 people have been confirmed dead, including 15 guests at an engagement party. A reporter I met today at the scene said that one family managed to escape – but everyone else in the apartment block is presumed dead.

Here are some of my photographs of the tragedy:

Gutted shops in Old Dhaka

 

 

This is the site where the fire broke out.

Collapsed tin roof

Hundreds and hundreds of people came to the scene of the fire
An incinerated motorbike

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Emran

Yes, the tragic incidence took 118 people and rest others around the place will be suffereing for them.
We dont know how many more similar incidences are waiting for our unplanned Dhaka city to cause the damage. It will be a real question for all of us. Lets pray for the departed souls for their eternal peace.

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