22 firefighting units rushed to the spot and put out the flames around 7am
At least 200 shanties have been destroyed by a devastating fire sweeping across two slums in Banani's T&T area of Dhaka.
The fire broke out at Godown slum and Bede slum around 3:30am on Saturday, and spread to nearby areas within a short time, said Rasel Shikder, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters.
The fire is believed to have spread very quickly as most of the houses in the slums were made of wood or bamboo, with plastic as their roofs.
22 firefighting units rushed to the spot and put out the flames around 7am, he said.
The huge fire turned about a thousand low-income slum residents homeless, and left nothing for them other than charred items and belongings.
Many of the residents were found sifting through debris searching for remains.
"There is nothing we could retain. Everything has turned into ashes,” said Malek, a fire victim.
A four member committee led by fire service Deputy Director Nur Hossain has been formed to look into the incident and estimate the damage.
The committee has been asked to submit a report within 15 working days.
Mohammad Nasir, ward councilor of Ward 20 in Mohakhali, said they are listing the names of the people affected by the fire.
"Temporary arrangements have been made for them to stay at a local school and colony playground. They will be rehabilitated soon," he said.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam visited the Godown slum on Saturday evening and distributed relief materials to the victims.