Death toll rises to 19
Five more victims of last week’s Keraniganj plastic factory fire have succumbed to their injuries, raising the death toll from the grisly incident to 19.
Four of them passed away at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (SHNIBPS) on Sunday, confirmed the institute’s Coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen and Resident Medical Officer Dr Partha Sarkar Pal.
They were Mustakim, 23, Abu Sayeed, 16, Razzak, 45, and Sumon Hawlader, 22. All of them were on life support at the institute, situated beside Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
The doctors said Mustakim, Sayeed and Razzak died in the morning, while Sumon died around 6pm.
The other, identified as Durjoy Saha, 18, who had suffered 90% burns on his body, passed away at his family’s Keraniganj home Sunday evening, confirmed his father.
Durjoy’s father Mintu Das said his son died around 6pm, three days after they brought him home from the hospital despite his life-threatening injuries and doctors’ objection.
“The injuries my son sustained, we knew he would not survive. We are also not financially solvent. That’s why we took him home,” said a grief-stricken Mintu.
The deadly fire — sparked by a gas cylinder explosion — had gutted the Prime Plate and Plastic Industries Ltd factory in Keraniganj’s Chalkutia on December 11, killing one worker on the spot and injuring at least 34 others, many with critical burns.
The next day, 12 of the injured died at DMCH while undergoing treatment. Another victim died at SHNIBPS on Saturday.
At least 13 more burn victims are still being treated at both DMCH and SHNIBPS. Five of them are on life support.
After primary investigation, Fire Service and Civil Defence had found the factory owner negligent in addressing the fire hazard issues.