Fire sweeps slums in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 23 (IANS) A raging fire in Bangladesh capital Dhaka destroyed a slum on Wednesday. However, there was no loss of life, fire official said.

A fire fighting squad managed to put off the blaze after two-hour-long hectic efforts.

The fire was first noticed around 1.30 a.m. (local time) in one of the shanties. It destroyed around 35 shanties in the Dhaka slum, Xinhua quoted a fire official as saying.

Every year fires leave thousands of people homeless in Dhaka. In 2008, a big fire engulfed around 2,000 houses in a slum area and left over 10,000 people homeless.

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