News Reading Practice #65

(100 Day Challenge)

Firefighters work to contain a fire that broke out at a commercial complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday. — AP 


Dhaka, March 1: A massive fire ripped through a seven-storey shopping mall here overnight killing at least 46 people and injuring 22 others, the government said on Friday, in one of the worst infernos to hit Bangladesh in recent years. 

The fire on Thursday night that engulfed the Green Cozy Cottage building in the capital's Baily Road area housed several restaurants and shops. 

The fire broke out around 9.50 pm on Thursday at a popular restaurant named Kacchi Bhai on the building's first floor and quickly spread to the upper floors that had more restaurants and a garment shop, according to fire service officials. 

Health minister Dr Samanta Lal Sen said around 2 am that 33 bodies were brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and 10 others to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery. Another victim died at the Police Hospital. The condition of those injured is "critical", he told reporters at a briefing

"One more person died during treatment in the intensive care unit of Dhaka Medical ICU this morning. A total of 46 people have died so far,” Sen said on Friday. Currently, 10 people are undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina burn unit and two at DMCH, he said. 

Till now, the bodies of 39 people have been identified. Of them, at least 31 bodies of the victims have been handed over to families without an autopsy. Till now, the identities of six bodies remain unknown. The authorities will hand them over after conducting a DNA test. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is closely monitoring the fire incident at the commercial building, the health minister said. 


CONTAIN: To control or limit the spread or impact of something, such as a fire or disease.

BROKE OUT: Started suddenly or erupted, often referring to a fire or conflict. (പൊട്ടിപ്പുറപ്പെടുക.)

BLAZE: A large and destructive fire that burns fiercely and uncontrollably. (തീപിടുത്തം.)

RIP: To tear or tear apart forcefully and violently. (പടരുക)

INFERNO: Large and intense fire that cause widespread destruction and chaos. (തീ, തീപിടുത്തം)

ENGULFED: Completely surrounded or immersed by something, often referring to flames or fire. (ഗ്രസിച്ചു, വിഴുങ്ങി)

VICTIM: A person who suffers harm, injury, or death as a result of a disaster, accident, or crime. (ഇര)

CRITICAL: In a serious or unstable condition, often requiring urgent medical attention. (ഗുരുതരമായ)

BRIEFING: A meeting or session where information is provided or instructions are given, typically in a concise manner. (മീറ്റിങ്)

INTENSIVE: Requiring or involving concentrated effort or close attention, often referring to medical care or training. (തീവ്രമായ)

IDENTIFIED: Recognized or determined the identity of someone or something. (തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞു.)

HANDED OVER: Given or transferred control or possession of something to someone else. (കൈമാറ്റം ചെയ്യുക)

AUTOPSY: An examination of a corpse to determine the cause of death or to gather medical information. (പോസ്റ്റുമോര്‍ട്ടം)

MONITORING: Observing or keeping track of something closely and regularly over time (നിരീക്ഷിക്കുക)