At least 49 people died and hundreds have been injured on Saturday night after a fire tore through a shipping container depot at Sitakunda in Bangladesh , which contained chemicals. It produced a huge chemical explosion. The explosion was so loud that it shook residential buildings several kilometers from the depot. More than 300 people were injured in the incident and many of whom sustained life-threatening burns. Hundreds of firefighters, police and volunteers arrived at the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh joint venture after accident. The explosion engulfed in flames many rescuers. Multiple rounds of explosions occurred after the initial blast as the fire continued to spread. The injured people include at least 40 firefighters and 10 police officers, possible some journalists. The number of fatalities could still grow as about 20 people remained in critical condition at different hospitals. There were requests for blood donations on social media. The efforts to extinguish the blaze continued into a second night.
The special unit of Bangladesh’s military was helping the firefighters to salvage the operation. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her shock at the accident and ordered adequate arrangement for medical treatment of the injured. Two separate committees have been set up to investigate the cause of the fire and safety regulations in factories. It’s supposed the cause of the fire was a container full of the hydrogen peroxide chemical. Bangladesh has a history of industrial disasters. The country’s worst industrial disaster occurred in 2013, when the Rana Plaza garment factory outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. In July 2021, 54 people died when a blaze ripped through a food-processing factory outside the capital, Dhaka.