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Fires caused property damage of Tk 3.30b in 2019

FE Online Report | Published: February 18, 2020 16:13:46 | Updated: February 18, 2020 18:55:05


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Fire incidents caused a property damage of more than Tk 3.30 billion across the country in 2019, official data showed.

Those incidents totalling 24,074 also left at least 184 people dead and 560 others injured in the last year, according to the data available with Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence (BFSCD).

A total of 1,762 people were killed and 10,625 others wounded in fire incidents during the period between 2006 and 2018, the BFSCD data showed.

Electric short circuit, fire from burners, ignited cigarette butts, and burning ashes were cited as major causes of fire, according to the fire department.

A total of 253,048 fire incidents occurred from 1996 to 2018, causing a loss of property worth about Tk 64.23 billion, it said.

In 1996, the loss of property was estimated at Tk 633.9 million while it jumped to nearly Tk 2.57 billion in 2018, the data added.

Besides, the fire department said, it was able to save properties worth nearly Tk 210.88 billion from 1996 to 2018.

The BFSCD data also showed that the country witnessed as many as 19,642 fire incidents in 2018.

Those incidents caused a loss of Tk 3.85 billion, as well as leaving 130 people dead and 664 injured in that year, it also revealed.

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