Dhaka, Bangladesh
Six Bangladeshis die in Saudi fire

Six Bangladeshis die in Saudi fire

Air over homes heavy with wails

The death of Mohiuddin Rashed in a fire in northwestern Saudi Arabia has brought a shock wave to his family, reports bdnews24.com. Kulfurer Nesa, mother of Rashed, suffered a stroke after hearing the death news. She was later admitted to Feni Diabetic Hospital. Rashed, son of Rafiqul Islam in Birinchi village, went to Saudi Arabia in search of a job on Feb 6. Islam has been suffering from paralysis for long. After remaining unemployed nearly two and a half months, the 35-year-old landed a job, bringing happy news to his family back in Bangladesh. Hours before joining the new job, Rashed and five other Bangladeshi workers died in the fire on Wednesday that devastated a residential building of migrant workers in Holaifa, an area in Ha'il city. His wife Shikha Majumder and three children, Zihan, 7, Safwoa, 5, and Alif, a newborn, are now facing an uncertain future. Rina Majumder, the victim's mother-in-law, said everybody was happy that he went to Saudi Arabia, but all dreams have now been shattered. Rashed was survived by his two elder sisters. His father urged the government to help bring the body back home as early as possible. The dead in Saudi fire included two brothers from Cumilla's Chauddagram-Emranul Haque Sohel, 34, and Imamul Haque Munna, 22; Md Sohel, 30, from the same Upazila; and two brothers-Jasim Uddin, 26, and Md Ibrahim, 23, from Lakshmipur's Kamalnagar area. Anisur Rahman, another migrant worker injured in the incident, was admitted to a hospital in Ha'il in 'critical' condition. Another report adds: A fire in the Saudi Arabian city of Ha'il has left at least six expatriate Bangladeshi workers dead and another 'critically' injured in a grim repeat of a similar incident that killed seven only five days ago. Second Secretary (Press) Fakhrul Islam at the Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh told bdnews24.com the fire devastated a residential building of expatriate workers in Holaifa area early Wednesday morning local time. The dead include two brothers from Cumilla's Chauddagram - Emranul Haque Sohel, 34, and Imamul Haque Munna, 22. Deceased Md Sohel, 30, is also from the same Upazila. Two brothers - Jasim Uddin, 26, and Md Ibrahim, 23, - from Lakshmipur's Kamalnagar are also among the casualties. The other Bangladeshi killed in the fire is Mohiuddin Rashed, 35, from Feni's Birinchi. Labour Counsellor Sarwar Alam at the embassy said they were certain these six Bangladeshis died in the incident, but could not identify the bodies as those were badly charred. He said DNA tests would be needed to identify the remains. The injured Bangladeshi could not be identified immediately. Aziz Ullah Selim, an expatriate Bangladeshi in Ha'il, told bdnews24.com the injured victim was admitted to a hospital in the city in 'critical' condition. Selim said he heard the fire had originated from a carelessly thrown cigarette butt. "They (seven victims) went to bed after having a meal on Tuesday night. Someone threw the cigarette butt in the veranda and an electric wire caught fire from it. The flames spread to the room," he said. In capital Riyadh, on Apr 13, at least seven people, including six Bangladeshis, were killed and eight others injured when a gas cylinder exploded prompting a fire in a room of a building occupied by expatriate workers.

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