Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, well known as city of fine muslin, mosques and rickshaws has a fairly long history of evolution. Before it rose into prominence as Mughal capital of Bengal in 17th century and urban & commercial centre, it was under the Sultanates from 14 century. It came under British control in 1757. Dhaka with passage of time testify different faces of history. Photographs and digital archives are the most effective ways that can keep visual records of its colourful history.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Inferno contained? Basundhara City Mall Dhaka
Fire engulfs top floor of tower block, Basundhara City Mall, Panthapath, Dhaka
Helicopter rescued one person taking shelter on roof
Fire broke out in the largest shopping mall of the city - Basundhara City Mall, Panthapath, Dhaka today at 02:30 pm. It is not known how the fire started at the top floor (18 floor) of the tower block that began to spread to floors below. Fire Brigade vehicles all over Dhaka arrived after 2 hours and fought for 7 hours to contain fire from spreading below 14th floor. They did not have mechanical means to combat fire above 10 storey from outside. It is learnt that the built-in fire fighting system of this highrise building was intelligently designed with control room, automatic fire alarm, modern fighting measures and independent evacuation system during fire, but Firemen reportedly found the water hydrants dry and locked. May be regular fire fighting drill by the concerned staff in the building could have averted the disaster. Two years ago similar incident happened in Karwanbazar BSEC building and fire brigade team had a tiring time due to lack of modern equipments.
Since this highrise structure was subjected to very high temperature for long due to fire it is now necessary to re-evaluate its condition and strength before use.
It is learnt, one member of the Basuhdhara fire team died due to black smoke suffocation and about 100 injured. Gathering of large number of curious onlookers blocking the road outlets was a great hindrance to the fire fighters and law enforcing forces.