MADHUBAGH SLUM FIRE
Hundreds remain under open skyMH Maswood
Several hundred people are now staying under the open sky after a fire on Saturday razed the Modhugah slum in the capital.
The government distributed relief among the affected people but they were in misery as they had to stay with the relief goods in the open.
The probe committee formed for the fire incident did not visit the spot till Sunday.
On Saturday morning, a child was burnt to death and at least 300 tin-shed houses were burnt in the fire at the slum near Hatirjheel.
After the incident, some 316 families of the slum were shifted to the makeshift shelter at Moghbazar BTCL auditorium but most of them are staying on the auditorium premises because of the large number.
Mofazzal Khan, a victim of the fire, who runs a five-member family, said they did not know when they would go to a permanent shelter.
‘Government is providing relief but where shall we keep them?’ he posed a question to New Age.
On Sunday, the minister for disaster and relief Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury distributed Tk 3,000 to some 1,500 affected while the state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan distributed 20 kilogram of rice to each, said director (relief) of Department of Disaster Management Iftekharul Islam.
The administration also supplied food to the families and would continue to next two days, he said.
The Red Crescent Society also distributed house utensils among the victims.
Parents of Sabuj, who was burnt to death, were not present in the makeshift shelter on Sunday.
Neighbousr said they went to their village home in Mymensingh. The child would be buried there.
Meanwhile, the probe committee for the fire incident was yet to start their work to find out the cause of the fire, said the official.
The chairman of the committee, also deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense, Farid Uddin, told New Age that they did not as yet start the investigation. ‘I was busy with some other works. Maybe, we’ll visit the place on Monday,’ he said.
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