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Medical doctors say the loss of life toll may rise as a few of the injured are in crucial situation.
An enormous fireplace has swept by way of a container depot in southeastern Bangladesh, killing not less than 22 folks and injuring greater than 170, in line with officers.
The fireplace broke out at a container facility on Saturday evening at Sitakunda, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the port metropolis of Chittagong, triggering a number of explosions, officers stated.
“The variety of fatalities is anticipated to rise as a few of the injured are in crucial 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 trying to douse the blaze.
They had been damage through the secondary explosions.
“Some 170 folks had been injured together with not less than 40 firefighters and 10 law enforcement officials. Three firefighters had been additionally killed,” stated Abul Kalam Aza, the native police chief.
The explosions shook the neighbourhood and shattered glasses of home windows of close by homes, native residents stated.
Firefighters had been nonetheless working to place out the hearth on Sunday morning, police stated.
Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chaudhury, reporting from Dhaka, stated efforts had been ongoing to keep away from the explosion of containers containing chemical substances.
It was not instantly clear what precipitated the blaze. Fireplace service officers stated they believe it could have originated from a container of hydrogen peroxide and unfold shortly to different containers.
About 5,000 containers are on the BM Inland Container Depot, which handles items for export and import, in line with native media.
Chaudhury stated safety measures at industrial amenities have improved because the Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013, however that chemical vegetation positioned in shut proximity to cities nonetheless posed a threat for residents in addition to employees.
Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain has urged all docs within the district to assist deal with the scenario and known as for emergency blood donations.