June 26, 2022

Rescue employees and civilians carry an injured sufferer to a hospital in Chittagong, after a hearth broke out at a container storage facility in Chittagong, on June 5, 2022.-/AFP/Getty Pictures

A large hearth swept by an inland container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing a minimum of 16 individuals and injuring greater than 150, officers stated on Sunday.

The hearth broke out at a container facility on Saturday night time at Sitakunda, 40 km (25 miles) from the port metropolis of Chittagong, triggering a number of container explosions after an enormous blast, on the website, officers stated.

Firefighters had been nonetheless working to place out the hearth on Sunday morning, stated hearth service official Faruk Hossain Shikder. The explosion shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of home windows of close by homes, native residents stated.

The loss of life toll may rise as a few of the injured are in important situation, stated Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain. The injured included firefighters and policemen, he stated.

He urged all docs within the district to assist sort out the scenario and known as for emergency blood donations.

It was not instantly clear what prompted the blaze. Fireplace service officers stated they think it might have originated from a container of hydrogen peroxide and unfold rapidly to different containers.

In 2020, three individuals had been killed after an oil tank exploded at a container depot in Chittagong’s Patenga space.

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