DHAKA, Bangladesh — At the very least 39 folks have been killed and a whole bunch extra suffered burns when a hearth at a container depot in Bangladesh set off a collection of explosions, officers stated on Sunday.
Many individuals have been in important situation in hospital burn wards, in accordance with native officers, who feared the dying toll would rise. By midday, firefighters have been nonetheless making an attempt to include the blaze, which started round 10:45 p.m. Saturday at B.M. Container Depot within the city of Sitakunda, about 10 miles from Chattogram, Bangladesh’s essential port.
After the primary firefighters arrived, a big explosion rocked the depot, inflicting the flames to unfold. At the very least 5 firefighters have been killed in that blast, and 14 others have been wounded, officers stated. Extra explosions adopted, persevering with effectively into Sunday morning.
The reason for the catastrophe, at one in all Bangladesh’s largest inland container depots, was not instantly clear. Makes an attempt to contact executives on the firm that runs the depot weren’t instantly profitable.
Shahadat Hossain, the senior authorities official for Sitakunda, stated that a considerable amount of hydrogen peroxide might have been saved on the depot, together with different items. “We can’t say something additional proper now,” he stated.
A whole lot of individuals have been admitted to Chittagong Medical Faculty Hospital, stated Dr. Mohammed Elias Chowdhury, the civil surgeon for Chattogram, which is also referred to as Chittagong. “A lot of them are important,” he stated. “Some folks have 60 to 70 % burns on their our bodies.”
Pictures from the hospital confirmed wounded folks laid out on the ground, ready for therapy. Dr. Chowdhury stated all go away had been canceled for docs and different employees members on the hospital.
Hasan Mahmud Arafat, 25, a college scholar who volunteered to assist on the hospital, stated all beds within the burn items have been full and that ambulance sirens had blared all night time.
“I noticed 1000’s of individuals come to the hospital to donate blood,” he stated. “I noticed locals come to the hospital with hand followers — they have been fanning the sufferers who have been ready to get a mattress or who have been admitted to the makeshift beds.”
Mass-casualty fires have been a recurring drawback in Bangladesh. In July, a manufacturing facility fireplace within the metropolis of Narayanganj killed not less than 51 folks.
Mujib Mashal contributed reporting from New Delhi.