25 dead and dozens in­jured in Bangladesh

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least 25 peo­ple have been killed and 70 in­jured, many crit­i­cally, in a huge fire trig­gered by a boiler ex­plo­sion at a Bangladeshi pack­ag­ing factory, of­fi­cials said.

Around 100 peo­ple were work­ing on Septem­ber 10 when flames tore through the four-storey build­ing in the in­dus­trial town of Tongi, just north of the cap­i­tal Dhaka.

Parvez Mia, a doc­tor at the Tongi govern­ment hospi­tal, said the death toll was at 25, up from 22 pre­vi­ously re­ported, and said at least 70 peo­ple were in­jured

The fire started in the boiler room at the Tam­paco Foils Lim­ited factory, which sup­plies for­eign and do­mes­tic brands.

“I was work­ing in­side the of­fice room when I heard an ex­plo­sion and felt a tremor. Then sud­denly the ceil­ing started to fall on me,” factory elec­tri­cian Mohammad Rokon, 35, said from his hospi­tal bed.

“I al­most be­came un­con­scious. But I forced my­self out with the help of my mo­bile phone’s flash­light.”

Ma­chine op­er­a­tor Rubel Hos­sain was two min­utes away from en­ter­ing the factory when the blast oc­curred.

“I heard a huge ex­plo­sion and saw smoke and fire com­ing out of the factory,” he said.

“I am si­mul­ta­ne­ously feel­ing lucky and heart­bro­ken,” he said, tears stream­ing down his face as he helped rush the many in­jured to hospi­tal, blood stain­ing his T-shirt.

The tragedy struck as fam­i­lies were

Photo: AFP

Bangladeshi fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guish a fire that broke out af­ter an ex­plo­sion in a factory in the key Bangladeshi gar­ment manuf the cap­i­tal Dhaka, on Septem­ber 10.

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