A huge fire in a slum in the capital Dhaka in Bangladesh has made some 50,000 people homeless on Saturday. Around fifteen thousand houses in the Chalantika slum have been destroyed by the flames, the BBC reports.
Many houses had plastic roofs, allowing the fire to spread quickly. Several people were injured, but as far as is known, no people were killed. Most residents were not at home at the time of the fire because of the Sacrifice Party.
The fire department needed six hours to extinguish the fire. The authorities have investigated the cause of the fire.
The Bangladeshi government has promised to help the many thousands of people who now have no roof over their heads. Most inhabitants of the slum are very poor.
Fires in slums in the poverty-stricken Asian country have been more frequent in recent years. In February, a fire destroyed a slum in the port city of Chittagong, killing more than two hundred homes.
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