ISLAMABAD, June 08 (Alliance News): A fire at a shipping container depot near the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong has killed at least 38 people and injured hundreds.
The death toll is expected to rise as more than 300 people are injured, many of them in critical condition, according to foreign media report.
Volunteers, dressed in ordinary rubber slippers, pulled the bodies out of the rubble and smoke, saying there were more.
The fire broke out last night at a large depot in Sita Kanda, where about 4,000 containers were kept, most of them filled with clothes made for Western retailers, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the main southern port of Chittagong. Is located far away.
The fire caused containers full of chemicals to explode, engulfing firefighters, journalists and others, damaging people and debris through the air, and shaking buildings several kilometers away.
Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, director of the BM container depot, said the cause of the fire was not yet known.
The head of the fire service, Brigadier General Moinuddin, told reporters that there was hydrogen peroxide in the container depot. He said that due to the presence of this chemical, we have not been able to control the fire so far.
Regional Chief Dr Ilyas Chaudhry said that many people including journalists were reporting on Facebook Live but they could not be traced so far.
“There are still some bodies in the fire-affected areas, I have seen 8 or 10 bodies,” a volunteer told reporters.
Tufail Ahmed said, “I woke up about 10 meters away from there due to the blast. My hands and legs were burnt.”
The death toll has risen to 38, firefighters continued to put out the blaze and doctors are treating the injured in hospitals full of patients, police official Muhammad Alauddin said.
Muhammad Ali, 60, owner of a grocery store near the scene, said the blast was “ear-splitting”.
“When the explosion occurred, a cylinder flew towards our small pond about half a kilometer from the place of fire,” he said.
“Because of the explosion, fireballs were rising towards the sky and falling on the ground like rain. We were so scared that we left our house immediately to seek refuge. We thought the fire was ours,” he said. It will spread to the area as it is very densely populated.
Chittagong Chief Dr Ilyas Chaudhry said the injured had been taken to various hospitals while doctors had been called back from leave.