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Old June 3, 2010, 01:39 PM
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Default 48 burnt alive (still counting) in building fire in Old Dhaka

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রাজধানীর পুরান ঢাকা নবাব কাটরার নিমতলীতে বিদ্যুতের ট্রান্সফরমার বিস্ফোরণ থেকে ভয়াবহ আগুনে মা ও তার দুই মেয়েসহ ৪৪ জন পুড়ে মারা গেছে। আরও ১৫০ জন ঢাকা মেডিকেল কলেজ হাসপাতালে চিকিৎসা নিয়েছেন। মৃতের সংখ্যা আরও বাড়তে বলে জানা গেছে।
প্রত্যক্ষদর্শী ও দমকল বাহিনী জানায়, রাত পৌনে নয়টার দিকে বিকট শব্দে নিমতলীতে একটি বিদ্যুতের ট্রান্সফরমার হঠাত্ করে বিস্ফোরিত হয়। ওই ট্রান্সফরমারের নিচেই ছিল ভাঙ্গাড়ি ও পুরান বই-পুস্তকের দোকান। এতে করে আগুন দ্রুত ছড়িয়ে পড়ে।
হাজী ইউনুছ নামে এক প্রত্যক্ষদর্শী প্রথম আলোকে জানান, বিস্ফোরণ স্থলের পাশেই ছিল ছোট ছোট ঘর ও একটি কেমিক্যালের গুদাম। পাঁচতলা ভবনের নিচের তলায় এ গুদামটি গড়ে উঠেছে। সেখানে হঠাত্ করে আগুন ধরে যায়। ধীরে ধীরে আগুন সর্বত্র ছড়িয়ে পড়ে।
এ ঘটনায় আহত মামুন প্রথম আলোকে জানান, ঘটনার আগে তিনি ওই কেমিক্যাল গুদামের ভেতরেই ছিলেন। রাত নয়টার দিকে গুদামের ভেতরটা ধোয়ায় আচ্ছন্ন হয়ে যায়। এরপর আগুন জ্বলে উঠে। তিনি কোনো কিছু বুঝে ওঠার আগেই চারিদিকে আগুন ছড়িয়ে পড়ে। সেই আগুন পরে আশেপাশের ভবনেও ছড়িয়ে পড়ে।
প্রত্যক্ষদর্শীরা জানান, রাত ১১টা পর্যন্ত চার তলা ভবনের ভেতরে থেকে মোট ১৪টি মৃতদেহ উদ্ধার করা হয়। এদের মধ্যে ছয়জনের পরিচয় পাওয়া গেছে। এরা হলেন, ঢাকা মেডিকেলের সেবিকা শামসুন্নাহার, তার দুই মেলে সইতি (১০) ও অদিতি (৬), বাবু (৩০), সুমাইয়া (৪) ও মাসুম (৩০) এদের বিস্তারিত পরিচয় মেলেনি। এখন পর্যন্ত ৪৪ জনের মৃতু্্য সম্পর্কে নিশ্চিত হওয়া গেছে। এই সংখ্যা আরও বাড়তে পারে।
আগুনের খবর পেয়ে দমকল বাহিনীর ১২টি ইউনিট আগুন নেভানোর চেষ্টা চালিয়ে যাচ্ছে বলে জানা গেছে।
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At least 48 people were burnt alive and 40 others injured last night after a fire engulfed four buildings at Nimtoli in Old Dhaka, fire-fighters said.

Many others are feared dead as scores are believed trapped inside the buildings, they said.

Fire-fighters were struggling to get to the site to douse the fire.

The buildings were in flames till filing of this report at 10:30pm.

Locals said the fire broke out after a transformer burst into flames.

“I was having dinner. Suddenly I heard a huge bang and found the flames spread to two to three nearby buildings,” said Rahima Begum, resident of a building
What's going on in BD? More than 70 people died in span of 3 days and still counting....

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Old June 3, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Old June 3, 2010, 02:01 PM
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the population density is so so high in old dhaka (and begunbari as well)... that it doesnt need a natural calamity to kill so many people. Even if a car break fails in the narrow streets of old dhaka, it can kill 10 ppl on the spot...

This is so unfortunate and I pray for the departed souls. But I dont see how this can be stopped any time soon. Its simply beyond the control of the fire dept... and I bet it took them hours to reach the fire through the narrow inaccessible streets...

the thing is ppl living in those conditions are well aware of the risk of living in a poorly built house right underneath a dilapidated transformer or next to a questionable chemical storage.... but they simply dont have anywhere else to go...
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Old June 3, 2010, 02:13 PM
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more over electric transformer around Dhaka city are so dangerous. If it rains a bit one of these old/damaged transformers got burst frequently....and these transformers are situated randomly anywhere. some are even closed to the residence :@
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Old June 3, 2010, 02:24 PM
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There is a chance of more. As there are lots of building without any real plans or supervision by any engineer whatsoever.
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Old June 3, 2010, 04:54 PM
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রাত দুইটায় শেষ খবর পাওয়া পর্যন্ত এই আগুনে পুড়ে ৬০ জনের মৃত্যুর খবর নিশ্চিত হওয়া গেছে। তবে এই সংখ্যা বেড়ে ১০০-র কাছাকাছি হতে পারে বলে উদ্ধারকর্মীরা আশঙ্কা করছেন।
http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/da...-04/news/68414

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Old June 3, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Our population is so dense, with inadequate infrastructure.

And please refrain from unnecessary dramatizing of the title, most casualties from fire die from smoke fumes not the flames.
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Old June 3, 2010, 05:22 PM
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This is a very sad day indeed. There is a short video in the following BBC news item -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/sou...a/10232918.stm
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Old June 3, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Old June 3, 2010, 06:08 PM
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Is there any way we can accomodate all these people of our country within our country properly?!!
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Old June 3, 2010, 06:58 PM
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Our population is so dense, with inadequate infrastructure.

And please refrain from unnecessary dramatizing of the title, most casualties from fire die from smoke fumes not the flames.
What is wrong with the title? How is it so dramatizing? Do even read the news or watch the tv? beshi chalak..

anyways.i got the title from daily star.
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Old June 4, 2010, 01:49 AM
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112 died so far.
Govt declared national day of mourning tomorrow.

Heavens have opened up since the morning, only wish they opened up few hours earlier.

The loss of life is unbearable.

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Old June 4, 2010, 02:26 AM
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Innalillahi wa inna illaihi rajiun. May the departed be granted heaven and let the injured be granted health.

Yesterday, as Palashi fire brigade rushed to the fire pit, there sirens disrupted my studies so much that I cursed out " there's a fire everyday here, so what's the rush to day?"

Then this morning, I saw the headlines, and my priorities were firmly put in to place.

Thank Allah that it was not a fire in my home.
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Old June 4, 2010, 07:32 AM
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This is incredibly sad. I've been watching the news all day and ...I just can't watch these people suffer like this! So many people dead?! I just don't know what to say...
A wedding turned into a disaster
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Old June 4, 2010, 07:35 AM
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This is so very devastating!! All our prayers are with the departed souls! All our prayers are with the the burned victims. I don't know what else to say! The death toll is now over 130+ I believe.

Allah please forgive us for our sins, please have mercy on us!
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RIP to the innocent lives.
Can't imagine this...100+ dead in building fire? Were they all trapped for some reason?
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Two disasters in a row. Heartfelt prayers to the families of the victims.
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Old June 4, 2010, 12:22 PM
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RIP to the innocent lives.
Can't imagine this...100+ dead in building fire? Were they all trapped for some reason?
some eyewitness said the narrow road of that spot was flooded with flame and chemical...it was like lava floating around. the spark spreader around and meanwhile transformer burst caused medium but sucessfull swift explosion all over the area.
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মাত্র টিভি নিউজে দেখলাম।
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May Allah grant them Jannat.

Innalillahe wa inna ilaihe rajiun.
people who burn to death are considered martyrs.
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This is so tragic. I hope in death they find the peace that they may not have found in life. The Government is quick to ban facebook, how quick is it to act on these matters?
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This is just tragic.
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RIP to the innocent lives and heartfelt prayers to the families of the victims.
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