Int’l community offers condolences over Chawk Bazar fire

Agencies | Published: 00:00, Feb 23,2019 | Updated: 23:48, Feb 22,2019

 
 

Fire fighters works at the chemical warehouse in Wahid Mansion in Chawk Bazar on Thursday. New Age photo

The international community, including the president of Russia, expressed shock and offered condolences at the death of 67 people in the deadly fire that broke out at Chawk Bazar in Old Dhaka on Wednesday night.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on Friday offered sincere condolences at the loss of lives of many people in a fire in Chawk Bazar area of Old Dhaka, reported Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
‘I express my sincere condolences at the loss of lives of many people in an incident of fire in Dhaka,’ Putin said in his message to president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
‘Please convey the words of sympathy and support to the bereaved families as well as wishes for speedy recovery to all those who were injured in this disaster,’ the Russian president added.
United States ambassador in Dhaka Earl R Miller expressed his heartfelt condolences at the loss of lives of many people in a fire in Chawk Bazar area of Old Dhaka, said BSS.
‘I express my heartfelt condolences and those of the American people for all those affected by the fire at Chawk Bazar in Dhaka last night,’ Miller said in his message to prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday.
‘Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, the great nation of Bangladesh and the families of the victims during this difficult time,’ the US ambassador added.
India expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the Chawk Bazar chemical warehouse fire, said United News of Bangladesh.
‘India is saddened by the loss of lives as a result of tragic fire in Dhaka on February 20. We offer our deepest condolences to relatives of those affected by the accident. As a close neighbour and partner, we stand by the people and the government of Bangladesh in this hour of grief,’ the spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
Custodian of the two holy mosques king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud offered condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic Chawk Bazar fire in Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives, said UNB.
They sent separate condolence messages to president Abdul Hamid as a fire ripped through buildings in the capital, resulting in deaths and injuries, according to the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh.
In his message, the king said, ‘We’ve learned of the news of the blaze that took hold in the Chawk Bazar area in Dhaka and resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries.’
‘In my own name and on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we express our sincere condolences to you, the families of victims and the people of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery,’ the message read.
In his message, the crown prince said, ‘I’ve learned of the news of the blaze in the Chawkbazar area in Dhaka that resulted in a considerable number of deaths and injuries. I express my sincere condolences to your excellency and the families of victims, wishing the wounded a speedy recovery.’
United Nations resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic fire in Old Dhaka that claimed 67 lives.
On behalf of the UN in Bangladesh, she wished the injured a quick recovery and recognised the effort of the local authorities in responding to the blaze.
The United Kingdom, Pakistan and others also expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the Chawk Bazar fire, said UNB.
The government and people of Pakistan expressed deep condolences, according to Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
‘We express deep sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims and wish speedy recovery of those injured in the incident,’ read a press release of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sixty-seven people were killed while scores were injured in a devastating fire at a chemical warehouse in the Chawk Bazar area of the capital on Wednesday night.

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