Fire razes Bangladesh slum

A large fire destroyed part of a slum in the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh today. More than two hundred hut dwellings went up in flames.

According to the police and fire brigade, at least eight people were killed and more than fifty others were injured.

A firefighter reports that the cause may have been a short circuit. The fire broke out in the Chaktai district in the early morning of Bangladesh time. Many people were still asleep at that moment. After five hours the fire department had the fire under control.

Hundreds of people die every year in the poverty-stricken Asian country because the safety regulations are barely complied with.

In 2013, the Rana Plaza textile factory collapsed. The disaster killed more than 1,100 employees.

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