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Bangladesh declares Tuesday national mourning day for fire, flyover victims

English.news.cn   2012-11-26 19:07:35            

DHAKA, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government has declared Tuesday, Nov. 27, a day of national mourning to mark respect for all those who lost their lives in Saturday's devastating garment factory fire and a flyover collapse.

At least 122 people were killed in Saturday's garment factory fire in Ashulia on the outskirts of capital Dhaka and a flyover collapse in Southeastern Chittagong seaport city, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka.

The Bangladeshi government has also declared a one-day vacation at all ready-made garment factories in the country for Tuesday.

The decisions were made at the weekly cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters that the cabinet also adopted a condolence motion to express sorrow at the deaths.

As part of the national mourning, he said national flags will be flown at half-mast on Tuesday at the offices of all government, semi-government and autonomous and academic institutions as well as all other important buildings.

Special prayers will be offered at all mosques, temples, pagodas, churches and other places of worship on Tuesday, he added.

At least 110 people were killed and dozens injured in a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashion Ltd Saturday on Saturday night.

On the other hand, 12 people were killed and 27 injured when the concrete girders of an under-construction flyover collapsed Saturday in Chittagong.

Editor: znz
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