Bangladesh chemical explosion: 38 dead and hundreds injured after blast in Sitakunda | World | News

Hundreds of people had arrived to tackle the fire when multiple shipping containers exploded at the site in Sitakunda, 40km (25 miles) from the port city of Chittagong, on Saturday night. The explosions shook the neighbourhood and shattered windowpanes of nearby houses. Many of the injured are reported to be in critical condition and the death toll is expected to rise. One local, lorry driver Tofael Ahmed, told the AFP news agency: “The explosion just threw me some 10 metres from where I was standing. My hands and legs are burnt.” The cause of the fire is not known, but it is thought chemicals were stored in some of the containers.

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