DHAKA: A massive fire has gutted 15,00 slums in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, leaving 50,000 people homeless.
Many homes had plastic roofs, which helped the flames to spread. No deaths have been reported, although several people were injured.
Most residents are low-wage earners and many were away after the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. There is no word on the cause of the fire.
An investigation is underway. Firefighters took more than six hours to put out the flames.
The government says relief will be provided for the many thousands who are now without shelter.