Massive fire tears through slums in Bangladesh Capital

Slums in Bangladesh’s capital were hit by a massive fire, reported at first as leaving around 50,000 people homeless. This was later downgraded to 10,000. The fire occurred last Friday (16th Aug) in the Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed 15,000 homes. No deaths have…

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Bangladesh High-Rise Fire

The death toll has reached 26 from last Thursday’s high-rise fire in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Many of the deaths occurred from workers leaping to their death from the 22-floor building or trapped inside the building. Dhaka police chief…

Fire Guts Historic Section of Bangladesh’s Capital City, Killing 81 People

The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic efforts by firefighters. A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 81 people.…

Hampshire firefighter tackles fatal fires in Bangladesh

A highly-skilled Hampshire firefighter has travelled to Bangladesh to help prevent the scourge of fatal fires that is sweeping the refugee camp – which shelter almost a million people. Fire Protection Officer Richard North flew out this week and will be returning…

Landslide, floods kill 156 in Bangladesh, India; toll could rise

By Ruma Paul and Zarir Hussain DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Heavy rains have triggered a series of landslides and floods in Bangladesh and neighbouring northeast India, killing at least 156 people over two days, and officials warned on Wednesday the…

Search begins after Bangladesh factory fire, death toll rises

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) – The death toll from a fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh rose to 29 on Sunday as fire crews began digging through debris, and the number of…

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck northeastern India, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 100.

But the toll was expected to rise, with rescue efforts hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links. The US Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.8 was 57 km deep and struck 29km west of Imphal, the capital…

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