At least 69 people have died in a huge fire that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital, a fire official said Thursday.
A fire gutted more than 200 slum houses in the Bangladeshi Port of Chittagong on Sunday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 50, police and firefighters said.
Bangladeshi security forces have stopped 30 Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia, officials say.
Scores of tribal villagers in western Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days amid fierce fighting between the army and ethnic rebels in the restive Rakhine state.
Bangladesh has summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to protest against a new influx of refugees fleeing clashes in the restive Rakhine state.
Bangladesh has denied entry to dozens of Rohingya Muslims seeking to enter the country from neighboring India, leaving them stranded in the no man’s land on the border.
Some 2,000 Rohingya Muslims, who had fled to India from death and violence in Myanmar, have reportedly left the South Asian country too, fearing continued harassment there and possible deportation.
Clashes between the supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling party and opposition have left 12 people dead and nearly a dozen others wounded as the South Asian country votes in general elections already plagued by deadly violence.
Bangladesh toughened security Saturday for an election expected to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina win a record fourth term but dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.