At the very least 40 individuals have died after an enormous fireplace broke out at a transport container depot in Bangladesh’s Chittagong final evening, officers stated right this moment.
The hearth on the depot in Sitakunda space has left about 450 individuals injured and authorities worry the loss of life rely might climb.
“Up to now 40 lifeless our bodies reached the morgue right here,” a police officer stationed on the state-run Chattagram Medical School Hospital (CMCH) was quoted as saying by information company PTI.
Based on police officer Nurul Alam, posted at Chittagong Medical School Hospital’s police outpost, preliminary probe has indicated that the fireplace broke out as a result of chemical response.
Native media reported that that fireside unfold following an explosion.
The police officer stated that whereas the fireplace broke out round 9 pm and the explosion occurred round midnight. Following the blast, the fireplace unfold quickly.
Istakul Islam, chief of Well being and Service Division at Crimson Crescent Youth Chittagong, stated, “Over 450 individuals have been injured on this incident. The loss of life rely might be extra,” he stated.
Based on sources, the explosion was such that window panes of close by properties had been shattered.
Chittagong Hearth Service and Civil Protection Assistant Director Md Faruk Hossain Sikdar stated: “Round 19 firefighting models are working to douse the fireplace and 6 ambulances are additionally obtainable on the spot.”
The container depot has been working since Might 2011.