A large fire broke out at Bauniabadh slum of Kalshi in Dhaka on early Friday, burning at least one hundred houses.
Victims said that they hardly could save their lives at the midnight fire and could not even save their clothes, foods and other belongings.
At least 25 people suffered minor injuries while escaping and dousing the fire that started in a house by the Kalshi road at 12:45am, said the fire service and civil defence officers.
A Dhaka North City Corporation medical team provided first aid to the victims.
Eleven fire fighting units brought the fire under control at about 1:50am, said Ershad Hossain, a duty officer of Mirpur Fire Service and Civil Defence.
The fire service officials suspected that the fire might have originated from a short circuit.
Victim slum dweller Jahanara Begum said that the fire broke out when they were in sleep.
‘We just rushed out of our home without taking anything. We cannot even save warm clothes,’ said Jahanara, who works as a domestic help.
She also said that her family, like her neighbours, took shelter in a local primary school building.
Another resident of the slum, Nargis Banu, 60, said that the fire broke out when she and her husband together with their two grandsons were in sleep when the fire broke out.
Hearing outcry of the neighbours, they got up and ran out of their house.
She said that they managed to save their lives, but lost their stuffs.
‘I have passed last night under the open sky with my family members amid bitter winter. I don’t know how to manage a shelter and college warm clothes,’ she said.
During a visit to the slum, a number of residents were seen to cry standing beside to their burnt houses while some of them were trying to collect anything remains from the ashes.
Dhaka North city mayor Atiqul Islam visited the slum and assured the resident to help them to back in life.
On August 16, all the material belongings of over 2,000 families who lived at Chalantika Mor Slum at Mirpur in Dhaka was burnt to ashes.
Residents of the slum are still in uncertainty as the government was yet to ensure shelter for the low-income people.
Residents said that most of them were victims of climate change and other natural disasters.
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