22 killed, 170 injured in fire at Bangladesh container depot | News


Docs say the loss of life toll might rise as a number of the injured are in important situation.

A large fireplace has swept via a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing not less than 22 folks and injuring greater than 170, in keeping with officers.

The fireplace broke out at a container facility on Saturday night time at Sitakunda, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the port metropolis of Chittagong, triggering a number of explosions, officers mentioned.

“The variety of fatalities is anticipated to rise as a number of the injured are in important situation,” Chittagong’s chief physician, Elias Chowdhury, informed the AFP information company.

Rashidul Haque, Superintendent of Police within the Chattogram district, informed Al Jazeera that the loss of life toll stood at 22 folks.

These injured included firefighters who had been on the scene making an attempt to douse the blaze.

They have been damage in the course of the secondary explosions.

“Some 170 folks have been injured together with not less than 40 firefighters and 10 cops. Three firefighters have been additionally killed,” mentioned Abul Kalam Aza, the native police chief.

The explosions shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of home windows of close by homes, native residents mentioned.

Firefighters have been nonetheless working to place out the fireplace on Sunday morning, police mentioned.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chaudhury, reporting from Dhaka, mentioned efforts have been ongoing to keep away from the explosion of containers containing chemical substances.

It was not instantly clear what precipitated the blaze. Hearth service officers mentioned they believe it could have originated from a container of hydrogen peroxide and unfold rapidly to different containers.

About 5,000 containers are on the BM Inland Container Depot, which handles items for export and import, in keeping with native media.

Chaudhury mentioned safety measures at industrial services have improved for the reason that Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013, however that chemical crops situated in shut proximity to cities nonetheless posed a threat for residents in addition to staff.

Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain has urged all medical doctors within the district to assist sort out the scenario and known as for emergency blood donations.