DHAKA, Bangladesh — An enormous fireplace at a container depot close to a port metropolis in southeastern Bangladesh killed not less than 49 individuals, together with 9 firefighters, and injured greater than 100 others, officers and native media reported Sunday, as efforts to extinguish the blaze continued right into a second evening.
The inferno on the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh three way partnership, broke out round midnight Saturday following explosions in a container filled with chemical substances. The reason for the hearth couldn’t be instantly decided. The depot is situated close to nation’s primary Chittagong Seaport, 216 kilometers (134 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.
No less than 9 firefighters had been among the many lifeless, in accordance with Brig. Gen. Foremost Uddin, director basic of the Bangladesh fireplace service and civil protection. Greater than 10 others had been being handled for burns, he added.
A number of rounds of explosions occurred after the preliminary blast as the hearth continued to unfold, Uddin stated. Explosives consultants from Bangladesh’s navy have been known as in to help the firefighters. The explosions shattered the home windows of close by buildings and had been felt so far as 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) away, officers and native media reviews stated.
The demise toll reached 49 by Sunday night, in accordance with Ekattor TV station, and the world’s civil surgeon stated the quantity may nonetheless rise as the hearth raged for a second evening.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her shock on the accident and ordered satisfactory association for medical therapy of the injured.
This is not the primary industrial catastrophe to hit Bangladesh in fashionable historical past
Bangladesh has a historical past of business disasters, together with factories catching fireplace with staff trapped inside. Monitoring teams have blamed corruption and lax enforcement.
World manufacturers, which make use of tens of hundreds of low-paid staff in Bangladesh, have come beneath fireplace to enhance manufacturing unit circumstances lately. Within the nation’s large garment trade, which employs about 4 million individuals, security circumstances have improved considerably after large reforms, however consultants say accidents may nonetheless happen if different sectors don’t make related adjustments.
In 2012, about 117 staff died after they had been trapped behind locked exits in a garment manufacturing unit in Dhaka.
The nation’s worst industrial catastrophe occurred the next yr, when the Rana Plaza garment manufacturing unit outdoors Dhaka collapsed, killing greater than 1,100 individuals.
In 2019, a blaze ripped by way of a 400-year-old space cramped with residences, retailers and warehouses within the oldest a part of Dhaka and killed not less than 67 individuals. One other fireplace in Outdated Dhaka in a home illegally storing chemical substances killed not less than 123 individuals in 2010.
In 2021, a fireplace at a meals and beverage manufacturing unit outdoors Dhaka killed not less than 52 individuals, lots of whom had been trapped inside by an illegally locked door.