Sixteen killed and no less than 170 injured in Bangladesh depot fireplace | Bangladesh

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A minimum of 16 individuals have been killed and 170 others injured after an enormous fireplace tore via a container depot in southern Bangladesh, officers stated on Sunday.The fireplace broke out shortly earlier than midnight at a container storage facility in Sitakunda, about 25 miles (40km) from the important thing port of Chittagong, fireplace service official Jalal Ahmed stated.“Sixteen individuals have been killed within the fireplace. The variety of fatalities is anticipated to rise as among the injured are in essential situation,” Chittagong’s chief physician, Elias Chowdhury, instructed AFP.An injured sufferer is delivered to a hospital. {Photograph}: ReutersMultiple firefighting models have been on the scene making an attempt to douse the blaze when an enormous explosion rocked the positioning, injuring scores of individuals, together with firefighters, Abul Kalam Azad, the native police chief, instructed AFP.“Some 170 individuals have been injured together with no less than 40 firefighters and 10 law enforcement officials. Three firefighters have been additionally killed,” he stated.Chowdhury stated the injured had been rushed to totally different hospitals within the area as medical doctors have been introduced again from vacation to assist in the emergency.He stated the variety of fatalities may nonetheless develop as some 20 individuals remained in essential situation with burns protecting 60-90% of their our bodies.Native media put the variety of accidents at about 300, and requests for blood donations for the injured flooded social media.Emergency crews have been nonetheless working to place out the fireplace Sunday morning and navy clinics have been serving to to deal with the injured.Mominur Rahman, chief administrator of Chittagong district, stated whereas the fireplace was largely underneath management, there have been “nonetheless a number of pockets of fireplace within the depot”.“Firefighters try to manage these pocket fires,” he stated.Rahman stated the depot contained tens of millions of {dollars} of garment merchandise ready to be exported to Western retailers, for whom Bangladesh is a key provider.Ruhul Amin Sikder, spokesman for the Bangladesh Inland Container Affiliation (BICA), stated among the containers on the 30-acre non-public depot contained chemical substances, together with hydrogen peroxide.The director of the BM container depot, Mujibur Rahman, stated the fireplace’s trigger was nonetheless unknown. He added the power employs about 600 individuals.In 2020, three staff have been killed after an oil tank exploded in one other container depot within the neighbouring Patenga space.Fires are widespread in Bangladesh as a consequence of lax enforcement of security guidelines. In July 2021, 54 individuals died when a blaze ripped via a food-processing manufacturing unit outdoors the capital Dhaka.In 2020, 70 individuals have been killed when one other fireplace engulfed a number of Dhaka house blocks.

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