Dozens Killed and Hundreds Burned in Bangladesh Depot Disaster

Dozens Killed and Hundreds Burned in Bangladesh Depot Disaster


DHAKA, Bangladesh – A fire at a container depot in Bangladesh has killed at least 49 people and burned hundreds, officials said Sunday, the latest such catastrophe in a country with large-scale casualties. It has become a fire. A recurring problem.

According to local officials, the condition of several people in the burn wards of the hospital was critical and they feared the death toll could rise. By noon, two dozen units of firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, which broke out at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the BM container depot in the town of Sitakanda, about 10 miles from Bangladesh’s main port of Chittagong. Started at

After the first firefighters arrived, a large explosion shook the depot, causing flames to spread. The blast killed at least five firefighters and injured 14 others, officials said. More explosions followed, which continued into Sunday morning.

“The windows of my house are broken. Not just us – we heard from other people that their windows were broken, even two to three kilometers from the depot.

Mr Islam said they had provided equipment to the canteen of the large depot and could employ 500 to 600 people at any one time.

“The explosion happened on one side,” he said. “Looking at the whole depot, it’s a small part.”

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a statement expressing “deep shock” at the depot fire and offering “condolences to the families of the victims.” His government’s Minister of State for Labor and Employment announced financial assistance for the affected families – about $ 2,200 for the victims and about $ 500 for the treatment of the injured.

The cause of the crash at Bangladesh’s largest inland container depot was not immediately clear. Attempts to contact the depot’s company executives were not immediately successful.

Shahadat Hussain, a senior government official at Sita Kanda, said the depot may have stored large quantities of hydrogen peroxide, among other things. “We can’t say anything more,” he said.

Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Chaudhry, Civil Surgeon of Chittagong, said that hundreds of people were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, also known as Chittagong. “Many of them are in critical condition,” he said. “Some people get 60 to 70 percent burns on their body.”

Pictures taken from the hospital show the injured lying on the floor waiting for treatment. Dr Chaudhry said that all the leave of doctors and other staff members of the hospital has been canceled.

Hassan Mahmoud Arafat, a 25-year-old university student who volunteered at the hospital, said all the beds in the burn unit were full and ambulance sirens sounded all night. He said that many people had come to the hospital to donate blood.

Mr Arafat said he had seen locals coming to the hospital with hand fans. “They were fanning patients who were waiting to be bedridden or who were admitted to temporary beds.”

Massive fire of casualties And industrial disasters, especially in the garment industry, which accounts for 80% of the country’s exports, have been a recurring problem in Bangladesh. The country’s steady economic growth, with a population of 170 million, has been a regional success story in recent years, but human rights and labor organizations have long expressed concern about poor working conditions and safety measures in the workplace.

Most of the disasters Happened in 2013More than 1,100 people were killed when an eight-story garment factory collapsed. Last July, a fire broke out in a factory in Narainganj city. At least 51 people were killed..

Mujib Mashal Assisted in reporting from New Delhi.

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