Heavy devastation in Bangladesh container depot, 16 dead so far, 450 people badly burnt
Massive fire in container depot
According to Bangladeshi media reports, a major fire broke out at BM Container Depot in Kadamrasul area of Sitakanda Upazila. On the other hand, Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Police Outpost Sub-Inspector (SI) Noorul Alam said that according to preliminary investigation into the incident, it is feared that the fire broke out due to chemicals in the container depot and the fire services were trying to douse the fire. There was a massive explosion in the sequence. The Dhaka Tribune reported that the fire spread further after the explosion. At the same time, SI Noorul Alam said that the fire broke out at around 9 pm and after several hours there was a massive explosion at 11:45 pm.
fire spread due to chemical spill
According to the police officer, after a container caught fire, due to the chemical in the container, the fire started spreading very fast and soon the fire spread to the entire depot. At the same time, Istakul Islam, head of the Health and Services Department at Red Crescent Youth Chittagong, has confirmed 16 deaths so far from local media outlets in Bangladesh. He said, ‘More than 450 people have been injured in this incident, out of which at least 350 are admitted in CMCH. The death toll in other hospitals could be higher.”
stir after explosion
According to sources, the blast caused a stir in the neighboring areas as well and shattered the windows of the neighboring houses. Mohammad Farooq Hussain Sikdar, assistant director of Chittagong Fire Service and Civil Defense, said: “Around 19 fire units are working to douse the fire and six ambulances are also available on the spot.” The container depot where the fire broke out is named BM Container Depot and it was functioning since 2011. According to Bangladeshi media reports, the depot is located in Chittagong district, about 242 km south-east of the capital Dhaka. At the same time, Chittagong Superintendent of Police SM Rashidul Haque told Chinese media outlet Xinhua in the early hours of Sunday that three people died after being admitted to the Chattogram Medical College Hospital. Most of the victims had mild to heavy burns, and many others had serious health conditions. The death toll in the devastating fire is likely to rise. Work has been done throughout the night to douse the fire.