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Gulistan blast: None out of 10 admitted to burn institute out of danger

Everyone’s airways were burnt badly in Tuesday’s explosion, doctor says

Update : 11 Mar 2023, 02:22 AM

Dr Samanta Lal Sen of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic has said none of the 10 people injured in Tuesday's Gulistan explosion and undergoing treatment there are out of danger.

He was speaking to reporters on the premises of the institute on Wednesday.

The surgeon said they had 11 patients at the institute, among whom, one has been transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) as he does not have burn injuries. 

“Among the 10 people, three are in the intensive care unit (ICU), two are on life support and the rest are in the stepdown unit (SDU),” he said. 

“Some have 80%, some 90% and some have 50% burns. Everyone's airways were burnt, therefore, we cannot say they are out of danger,” he added. 

The explosion that occurred in a restaurant called Cafe Queen in the basement of the seven-storey building in Gulistan's Siddikbazar area on Tuesday afternoon has so far claimed the lives of 17 people.

The deceased were Mominul Islam, 38, his wife Nodi Begum, 36, Md Suman, 21, Ishak Mridha, 35, Mansur Hossain, 40, Md Ismail, 42, Alamin, 23, Rahat, 18, Mainuddin, 50, Nazmul Hossain, 25, Obaidul Hasan Babul, 55, Abu Zafar Siddique, 34, Akriti Begum, 70, Md Idris Mir, 60, Hridoy, 20, Nurul Islam Bhuiyan, 55, and Md Siam, 19.

Officials fear the death toll will likely increase as many of those rescued are critically injured.

Meanwhile, the Fire Service has formed a four-member committee to investigate the explosion. The committee was asked to submit a report within five working days.

The fire service on Wednesday morning resumed its rescue operation for the second day.

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