At least six Bangladeshi migrant workers, including two siblings, were killed at a devastating factory fire in Saudi Arabian city of Medina on early Thursday.
According to Al Uyun police station in Medina, identities of five Bangladeshis have been confirmed so far. The five victims are: Mizanur Rahman (passport no BE0960773) and Md Arafat Hossain Manik (passport no EB0452459), two brothers who are sons of sultan Ahmed from Dakshin Shukchari village of Lohagara upazila in Chattogram; Ishak Mia (passport no EA0578005), son of Jalal Ahmed, Abdul Aziz (passport no BF0039059), son of Kabir Ahmed and Md Rafiq Uddin (passport no BQ0456566), son of Abu Gafur, all three from Kutubjam area of Maheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar, according to the statement of the embassy.The victims hailed from Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar districts.
The fire broke out at a sofa factory adjacent to Heraz Marketat near Al Khalil road of Medina city.
“The incident took place at around 4:00pm last night that claimed seven lives, including six Bangladeshis,” said a statement issued by the Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh on Thursday.
Local fire department is yet to detect the reason of the fire incident.
Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah is trying to know the identity of the remaining one.
The bodies of the victims have been kept at the morgue of King Fahad Hospital in Medina.The Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah is working to send back the bodies following the due process.
Mohammad Javed Patwary, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, expressed profound shock at the deaths of the Bangladeshi workers.
“We will make our highest efforts to realise the compensation for the victim,” he said in the statement.
Bangladesh Labour Counsellor at the consulate in Jeddah has been asked to collect details of the incident, contact the local police, administration and hospital authorities so that the dead bodies can be sent back as early as possible.