The loss of life toll from a fireplace in a centuries-old space of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, jumped dramatically to 70 on Thursday, a fireplace official mentioned, and will hold climbing as fireplace fighters combed the wreckage of the destroyed constructing.
Giant constructing fires are comparatively frequent in impoverished Bangladesh, due partially to lax laws, and have killed lots of of individuals in recent times.
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“Thus far, 70 our bodies have been recovered. The quantity might rise additional because the search is constant,” Julfikar Rahman, a director of the Hearth Service and Civil Defence, instructed Reuters.
The hearth began in a four-story constructing on Wednesday evening and unfold to close by buildings within the Chawkbazar space of Previous Dhaka, which dates again to the Mughal interval greater than 300 years in the past.
Rahman mentioned at the very least 50 folks had been taken to hospital, some in vital situation. Lots of of individuals rushed to the Dhaka Medical Faculty and Hospital to seek for lacking family members, witnesses mentioned.
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About 200 firefighters fought for greater than 5 hours to deliver the blaze underneath management. They instructed reporters the constructing the place the fireplace started had housed a plastics warehouse and contained flammable materials.
Rahman mentioned the trigger was nonetheless underneath investigation.
He mentioned firefighters had struggled to seek out sufficient water to battle the blaze and had to attract provides from a close-by mosque.
The hearth is more likely to focus consideration on lax enforcement of constructing security laws in Bangladesh, the place accidents kill lots of yearly.
The Rana Plaza manufacturing facility collapse in 2013 killed greater than 1,100 staff and a fireplace in a garment manufacturing facility in 2012 killed 112 folks
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