2000 people are homeless after Dhaka’s biggest slum caught fire on Sunday, 4 December 2016.
495 households were destroyed in less than two hours.
Winter has just started, and the people who lost their homes in the fire have lost everything.
We reached a consensus with community organisations in Korail, Dhaka North City Corporation, a few NGOs and other local leaders to take immediate rehabilitation measures. House owners received cash grants and construction material for building better houses for the affected 534 families.
A team of architects volunteered to design an improved housing plan. Roads have been widened and walkways are being built between houses where there were none before. Should a similar disaster occur in the future, fire services will have better access and there will be more exits.
This sort of concerted effort to rebuild houses as per a designed plan, marks an unprecedented move in the history of slums in Bangladesh.
Construction is underway and is expected to end by mid-January. Upon further negotiations, the local councillor has agreed to waiver housing rent for approximately six months.
On 11 December, another fire broke out at the Sat Tola slum in Dhaka. We extended our campaign #StandforKorail and under the new arrangement a portion of the donations were directed towards the affected families of Sat Tola.
We were prompt to respond to the 115 families whose houses were destroyed. Relief was distributed and at present, the same team of architects who worked for the Korail rebuilding are designing new housing solutions for the residents of Sat Tola. We thank you for standing with us.