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Bashundhara City Mall Fire exposes our inadequacy in disaster management March 13, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, GOVERNANCE.
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bashundhara-city-mallA devastating fire is still uncontrolled more than 5 hours after it started in the top floors of the Bashhundara City Mall, one of the best shopping centres in the South East Asia.

The fire totally ruined the upper floors of the Mall, where the corporate offices were located. Army, Air Force and Navy came in support of the Fire Brigade, which could not play any effective role in absence of necessary equipments.

Mr. Faizullah, Architect of the Mall in a live interview to the Bangla Vision, a TV Channel was telling that the Mall is equipped to combat any fire, but the equipments couldn’t be utilized at the time of necessity. In reply to a question, he said that the steel structure of the Mall is heat stable and he hopes that it will not burn down like that of Twin Tower of New York in 9/11.

Prime Minister personally intervened the incident and asked all concern to take adequate steps. Home Minister Shahara Khatun, State Minister for Home and Minister for Disaster Management came to the site to give necessary direction.

State Minister for Home said that Rajuk shouldn’t give permit to build these high rise buildings as our Fire Service is not equipped with to combat the disaster at this high level. We rather like to plead that Fire Service should be developed with manpower, skill and equipments to meet the necessity of the modern times.

A Fire Service official was rightly saying that a coordination between different teams are mandatory to combat such a disaster. The building must be equipped, drill and demonstration must be done to face any emergency on monthly basis. He added that while many garments factories are now equipped to combat these emergencies to fulfill the preconditions of donors, he is not sure how far the Malls have equipped themselves on their own initiative.

Home Secretary said that an inquiry committee will also be formed to look into the incident to find out the cause and any inadequacy in the management.

An ordinary citizen

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1. Razia chaudhury - March 14, 2009

Omg… i feel lyke crying! That was the only reason i wud go to Dhaka, BASHUNDURA!! I live in UK. Been there recently in january. I love it. I hope it gets Refurbished. I was watching the news constantly.

PLEASE post anything got to do with Bashundura city, that we might need to know.

2. Alaur Rahman - March 18, 2009

Bashundhara has reopened and will be reconstructed with high class fire equipment.
So that it can’t happen again their should be proper maintenance out there.

3. Global Voices Online » Bangladesh: Lacking In Disaster Management - March 19, 2009

[…] Ordinary Citizen opines that the fire in Bashundhara City Shopping Complex exposes the inadequacy of disaster management […]


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