August 5, 2020

Up to 19 dead and 73 injured in skyscraper fire in Dhaka

The death toll from the fire today of a skyscraper in Dhaka is already raised to 19 and that of injured to 73, which relives the fear of a new tragedy similar to the one that ended the lives of about 70 people almost a month ago. in the Bangladeshi capital.

"So far we have information of 19 dead and 73 injured," a spokesman for the fire services of the capital, Mahfuz Riben, told Efe.

Also, fire inspector Mizanur Rahman told Efe that "the figure can still increase since information is still being collected at the scene of the event."

According to information from the authorities in the place, the fire broke out in the building about 12.50, local time (06.50 GMT), without being known until now the cause that initiated it.

The director of operations of the fire service, Shakil Newaz, told reporters at the scene of the fire that "the fire is already under control."

"Now let's go to the detailed search, but this will take time," he added.

One of the survivors, Manzur Morshed, worker of the internet provider Amara Networks Limited, told Efe that during the fire "many people" were trapped in the dozens of offices that housed the skyscraper.

"I was in a bathroom on the 17th floor when I heard the news that a fire had probably started on the seventh floor, we all ran to the top floor and jumped into the annex building, which was nearby," the source said.

A worker at United Hospital, Sazzadur Rahman, told Efe that at least three of the dead were killed after falling from the building trying to escape the fire.

The incident occurred more than a month after a massive fire broke out in the old town of Dhaka on February 20, destroying almost seven buildings, leaving at least 70 people dead and 55 injured.

The fire, which lasted nine hours, brought back to light the precarious conditions of security in the country.

Bangladesh has been under scrutiny for years for its precarious industrial safety conditions, with poor low-cost facilities susceptible to fires and landslides.


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