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Sitakunda oxygen plant blast: CMCH full of grief-stricken families

A total of 18 people are being treated at the hospital 

Update : 05 Mar 2023, 08:37 AM

The grief-stricken families of the victims of the explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant in Chittagong's Sitakunda upazila on Saturday afternoon made the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) atmosphere somber. 

Six people have been reportedly killed in the fire, and dozens were injured. Officials said that 18 people have been admitted to CMCH.

Police have so far identified five of the victims. They are Shamshul Alam, 65, Md Farid, 36, and Roton Lakhret, 45, Md Abdul Kadir, Md Salauddin, 33. 

The identity of another male victim has not yet been determined. 

The injured are Md Forkan, 33, Md Nur Hossain, 30, Md Motaleb, 52, Md Arafat, 22, Maksudul Alam, 60, Md Osman, 45, Md Solaiman, 40, Md Ripon, 40, Md Azad, 22, Ripon Marak, 60, Probesh, 40, Narayan Dhar, 64, Md Jasim, 50, Fency, 26, Md Zahed, 30, Mujibul Haque, 45, Rozy Begum, 20, and Nasim Shahriar, 26. 

As ambulances brought in one injured person after another, families were seen visibly anxious.  

The hospital was filled with a sad atmosphere as relatives wept for both the injured and the deceased.

Doctors at the hospital said several of them sustained injuries in their legs, some in their head, and others in their eyes. Most of them are in critical condition. 

In this regard, CMCH Director Brigadier General Shamim Ahsan said they are preparing the Intensive Care Units (ICU) for the injured. 

“The patients are being treated. Blood, saline, and all medicines are available. Patients are in the orthopedic, and burn units of the hospital,” he added.

NDC Touhidul Islam said that the district administration is providing necessary medicines for the treatment of the patients.

Police have so far identified three of the deceased. They are Shamshul Alam, 65, Md Farid, 36, and Roton Lakhret, 45. 

Shamshul Alam was killed after a 250-300kg metal object fell on him following the explosion.

He was reportedly sitting at a shop in Kadam Rasul Bazar, which is about one kilometer away from the oxygen plant. He is one of the five victims of the deadly fire incident. 

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Army joined the rescue operation to work alongside the Fire Service and Civil Defence. 

A seven-member probe body was also formed to investigate the reason behind the explosion. 

The explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant took place at around 4:30pm. 

Nine units from the fire service managed to douse the flames at 5:40pm. 

The blast had rattled neighbouring areas and engulfed them in thick black smoke. Locals said that the massive explosion shook the surrounding area by at least two square kilometers.

On June 4 last year, a deadly fire broke out at BM Container Depot, only a few kilometres away from Saturday's blast, which claimed 51 lives, including members of the fire services, and left more than 200 people injured.

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