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Title: Fire at Barisal T&T: 5000 Phones Out of Order

BANGLADESH May 1, 2000

An eruption of fire burnt down the main distribution frame (MDF) of Barisal T&T rendering some 5,000 digital telephones in the southern town inoperative, reports UNB.

Local T&T officials said it might take one month to restore the telephone lines. But confirming Saturday night's fire incident, T&T officials in Dhaka said the phone lines would be restored "very soon".

The technicians of the board have been putting all-out efforts to repair the MDF which was severely damaged in the fire that broke out at 9.25 PM Saturday," a T&T press release said on Sunday.

All the digital phones bearing the number beginning with 5 are now out of order in Barisal town. However, the phones bearing the numbers beninning with 7 working as usual, the release further said.

Sources said the MDF room of Italtel Digital Exchange in the town was locked during the fire. All the cables, optical fibres, machinery and furniture in the room went up in flames in the fire.

Being informed by PDB and police, fire service came to the spot and brought the flames under control after 90 minutes' frantic effort.

The fire service could not give any figure about the extent of damages, but a local T&T official, on condition of anonymity, told UNB Barisal correspondent that the loss might cross several crore Taka. He also could not say anything about the origin of fire immediately.

Divisional Engineer of local T&T hoped that they would be able to restore the telephone lines in 10 days, but other officials did not agree with him saying that it might take a month to mend the phones.

High officials of T&T from Dhaka went to visit the spot.


-- (, May 01, 2000

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