Fire at Kalyanpur slum: 350 people living under the open sky

Over 350 people who became homeless in the devastating fire at Notun Bazar slum in Kalyanpur in the capital on October 30, are now living on the streets and in open spaces.

While visiting the place, our staff correspondent found some people sleeping where their homes used to stand, some were sitting with their family members under a tree and some standing near their brunt dwellings.

Hadis Bepari (75), who was living in the slum for the last 27 years with his five children and wife, said they have been passing their days under the open sky for the last four days.

“We got relief materials and Tk 2,000 cash from the local MP but with this we cannot rebuild our house here,” he said, urging the government to arrange a small loan for them.

At least Tk 30,000 is needed to build a house, according to him.  

“Earlier, if any accident happened in our slum, we used to get loans from NGOs and local multi-purposes but this time due to the Covid-19 situation, we did not get any loan,” he said.

Most of the slum-dwellers echoed him and urged influential persons to come forward to help them in this regard.

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