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Bangladesh fire: Death toll rises to 19

Deceased Sri Lankan identified as Niras Chandra

The number of deaths from the huge blaze in Dhaka yesterday has increased up to 19, with some 70 people sustaining injuries. The fire broke out in a high rising office building in Banani, Dhaka yesterday (28 March).

According to BBC news, dozens were are trapped inside the 19 storey office block in Banani, Dhaka. The 19 dead includes six people who had jumped from the upper floors of the building.

Al Jazeera reported that people were shouting for help while some were lowering themselves down the building.

“Nineteen fire-fighting units are working at the scene. Bangladesh navy and air force have also joined to fight the fire,” duty officer Mohammad Russel from Dhaka’s central fire service control room is quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

More than 100 people were rescued from the building through helicopters and ladders, said Julfikar Rahman, director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence.

According to The Guardian, military spokesman Abdullah Ibne Zaid had said that body of a Sri Lankan man was brought to the army’s Kurmitola hospital and another 45 people were being treated there. Another death was reported at the Dhaka Medical College hospital.

Dhaka Tribune reported that the Sri Lankan was identified as Niras Chandra.

This was second massive blaze that hit Dhaka this year,the previous having occurred in Feburary killing 70 and injuring 50 people.