At least 10 Bangladeshi workers were burned to death and two of their compatriots sustained injuries in a deadly fire that broke out at a labour camp in Bahrain’s capital Manama on Friday.
Five of the 10 deceased were from Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district, confirmed the local administration. Two of the injured workers are Bangladesh nationals.
The Bangladesh Mission in Manama and King Hamad Medical Hospital sources identified the deceased as Nazir Ahmed, son of Sagir Ahmed, of Char Khizirpur village in Boalkhali upazila of Chittagong, Jasim, son of Naser Miah of Goali village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria, Supan (Swapan) and Saiful Islam (Sabuj), sons of late Shahid Mia of Kaitala village in Nabinagar of Brahmanbaria, Mahbub Alam, son of Haji Rashid Ahmed, of Batua village in Patia of Chittagong, Jamal, son of Abdul Aziz of Maripara village in Patia of Chittagong, Shahadat and
Titu Mia, sons of Alam, of Nawapara village in Kachua upazila of Chandpur, Mohammed Anwar, son of Abul Bashar of Gurigram village in Nabinagar of Brahmanbaria and Md Osman Gani, son Abdur Rahim, of Kashipur village in Sonaimuri of Noakhali.
New Age correspondent in Barhmanbaria reported that Swapan went to
Bahrain nine years ago and he took his brother Sabuj there after four years. Shahjahan went to Bahrain three years ago.
The Gulf News of Bahrain reported that 13 workers, mostly from Bangladesh and Pakistan, were killed when a fire swept through their three-storey camp in downtown Manama.
The fire broke out on Friday afternoon. Quoting witnesses the daily said that firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading in the windy weather.
The roof of the building in the crowded Mukharga area collapsed and the firefighters recovered the charred bodies of the victims.
Rescuers rushed to the scene, a senior officer from the Bahrain civil defence said, adding that several tenants were rescued and a civil defence serviceman was injured when the roof collapsed.
Bahrain has been recruiting workers from Bangladesh since 1976. A total of 2,43,311 workers have gone to the country with jobs till December 31,
-With New Age input