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Fireplace and explosions hit the container facility close to the port metropolis of Chittagong, with medical doctors saying the demise toll may rise as among 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 accordance 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 stated.
“The variety of fatalities is anticipated to rise as among the injured are in crucial situation,” Chittagong’s chief physician, Elias Chowdhury, advised the AFP information company.
Rashidul Haque, Superintendent of Police within the Chattogram district, advised Al Jazeera that the demise toll stood at 22 folks.
These injured included firefighters who had been on the scene trying to douse the blaze.
They have been harm through 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,” 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 have been nonetheless working to place out the hearth on Sunday morning, police stated.
Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chaudhury, reporting from Dhaka, stated efforts have been ongoing to keep away from the explosion of containers containing chemical substances.
It was not instantly clear what triggered the blaze. Fireplace service officers stated they think it might 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 accordance with native media.
Chaudhury stated safety measures at industrial services have improved for the reason that Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013, however that chemical crops positioned in shut proximity to cities nonetheless posed a danger for residents in addition to employees.
Chittagong civil surgeon Mohammed Elias Hossain has urged all medical doctors within the district to assist deal with the state of affairs and referred to as for emergency blood donations.