Bangladesh authorities accused a container depot operator on Monday of not telling firefighters a couple of chemical stockpile earlier than it exploded with devastating penalties, killing a minimum of 49 individuals — 9 of them from the hearth service.
The toll from the large blast, which adopted a hearth on the BM Container Depot in Sitakunda and despatched fireballs into the sky, was anticipated to rise additional.
Some containers on the depot have been nonetheless smouldering on Monday, greater than 36 hours after the explosion, stopping rescuers from checking the world round them for victims.
Round a dozen of the 300 injured have been in vital situation.
The 9 lifeless firefighters are the worst toll ever for the hearth division within the industrial-accident-prone nation, the place security requirements are lax and corruption usually permits them to be ignored.
“The depot authority didn’t inform us that there have been lethal chemical compounds there. 9 of our officers have been killed. Two fighters are nonetheless lacking. A number of persons are additionally lacking,” hearth division official Mohammad Kamruzzaman informed AFP.
Purnachandra Mutsuddi, who led the fire-fighting effort on the 26-acre facility on Saturday evening, stated it “did not have any hearth security plan” and lacked firefighting tools to douse the blaze earlier than it was an inferno.
“The protection plan lays out how the depot will combat and management a hearth. However there was nothing,” Mutsuddi, an assistant director of the Chittagong hearth station, informed AFP.
“In addition they didn’t inform us concerning the chemical compounds. In the event that they did, the casualties would have been a lot much less,” he stated.
The BM Container Depot in Sitakunda, an industrial city 40 kilometres from Chittagong Port, is a three way partnership between Bangladeshi and Dutch businessmen with round 600 workers, and started operations in 2012.
Its chairman is called on its web site as Bert Pronk, a Dutch citizen, however AFP was unable to achieve him for remark. Few European businessmen function within the nation.
Native newspapers stated one other of its house owners is a senior official of the ruling Awami League celebration based mostly in Chittagong, who can be the editor of an area Bengali day by day.
Police have but to put prices over the hearth. “Our investigation is occurring. We’ll look into the whole lot,” stated native police chief Abul Kalam Azad.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed grief over the lack of lives within the incident and prolonged his condolences to the individuals of Bangladesh.