A large fire roared through a Dhaka slum Friday night, leaving around 10,000 people homeless, according to a Bangladeshi official. The blaze was brought under control and only minor injuries were reported. Video footage showed the makeshift huts ablaze, with smoke billowing into the air.
The BBC reported that around 15,000 homes were destroyed.
The official count put the number rendered homeless at 3,000, but most media reports said at least 10,000 were left without shelter and some even put the count as high as 50,000.
"I could not salvage a single thing".
Fires at factories, slums and markets are common in Bangladesh.
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Many residents, most of whom are low-wage garment-factory workers, were celebrating the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and were not home when the fire broke out.
"Otherwise, the damage would have been bigger", Golam Rabbani, a local police chief, said.
Enamur Rahman, Bangladesh's State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, told CNN Sunday that around "80% of the slum has been completely or partially destroyed". The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Friday's blaze is one of many to strike the densely populated Bangladeshi capital, with at least 100 people dying this year alone.
Earlier this year, a fire in the Chawkbazar area of Dhaka tore through a 400-year-old neighbourhood, killing 81 people. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam visited the spot again in the afternoon and assured the victims that fundamental supports will continue for fire victims: He said the DNCC would carry the medical expense of the injured.