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Chawkbazar fire: Govt plans on jobs for survivors, family members

The government is mulling to provide jobs to survivors and family members of Chawkbazar fire victims.

“Chawkbazar fire is a tragic incident. We have plans to provide jobs for the victims’ family memberrsss,” said Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed on Tuesday after visiting the blaze victims at Burn Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

“We’ve been providing compensations to the families of the victims. We’re also considering whether we could provide jobs to the injured and members of the victims’ families,” he said.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, firefighters and local people help douse a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

At least 81 people were killed and 41 others injured after a fire broke out at a chemical warehouse and spread through several nearby buildings at Chawkbazar on the night of February 20.

The deaths had stirred the issue of chemical plants in residential areas, specially in the densely populated areas of Old Dhaka.