19 killed in Bangladesh fire tragedy; rescue operations on

DHAKA: A massive fire engulfed a 22-storey building in Dhaka’s posh Banani area on Thursday, killing at least 19 people, including a Sri Lankan national, and injuring 70 others, in the second major blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital since last month.

The incident, which happened on Thursday afternoon in a building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers, left several people trapped inside as the blaze spread to two adjacent buildings.

“Until now we can tell you that the inferno killed 19 people, one of them being a Sri Lankan national. Seventy others are wounded,” a senior fire official said. (AGENCIES)