Fire in Bangladesh: Thousands of people left homeless

by Heike Knauff-Oliver,  2019/08/21

They are left with nothing. Thousands of people have lost their belongings by the fire in the slum area of Chalantika. humedica has promised short-term emergency help.

Thousands of people have lost their homes. Photo: humedica

In a slum in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, an enormous fire left thousands of people homeless. At least 1,200 tin huts were destroyed. Many houses had plastic roofs, which favored the spreading of the flames. Luckily, no casualties were reported, but several people were injured. Many were not at home thanks to the Muslim Eid al-Adha festivities.

Most of the Chalantika inhabitants only earn very low wages. humedica project partners, who were busy gaining a first overview over the damages and talking to affected people, have already identified the most urgent needs. „We have met with local leaders, who are willing to support us. We have figured out that besides accommodation, food and medical care the people are also in urgent need of clothes. Many of them have lost all their household items, which also includes clothes“, explains Kalyan Biswas, head of the partner organization Uttara, a local church community

In particular clothes for children, but also for women and men, are needed. humedica will support the help of its local partner. Photo: humedica

At the moment there is no information available about how the fire was caused. The number of people, who lost their homes to the flames, is still uncertain, too. According to media reports approximately 10,000 to 50,000 people are affected. For the moment they are accommodated in a school, which is situated just beside the affected are. The government provides the victims with food.

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