Dhaka Fire Kills at Least 78
A blaze that consumed a residential building in the historic Chawkbazar district of the Bangladeshi capital late Wednesday has left scores dead. The fire reportedly started at a chemical warehouse but quickly spread to nearby buildings. The number of victims is expected to rise as rescuers search the high-density area known for narrow streets. Another fire in the coastal city of Chittagong killed nine people on Sunday.
Why is this a recurring tragedy? Lax regulations have been blamed for a number of deadly fires in Bangladesh, including one in 2010 that left 124 dead in Dhaka’s Nimtali district.