Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Fire sweeps through New Delhi slum

Residents salvage their belongings after a fire gutted their shanty town in New Delhi, India (AP)
Two children died after a fire gutted their shanty town in New Delhi, India (AP)
An Indian girl sits on her salvaged belongings at the spot where her house used to stand, after a fire gutted it in New Delhi, India (AP)

A fire has swept through a sprawling slum on the outskirts of India's capital, killing two children and injuring at least six other people.

Black smoke billowed from nearly 1,000 makeshift dwellings with thatched roofs that were destroyed by the blaze, fire official Anoop Sharma said.

More than 100 firefighters took over two hours to extinguish the fire in the slum near the Bawana industrial area in north-west New Delhi.

Many residents of the area make a living collecting rubbish for resale.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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