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‘Told my husband not to go to work, now he will never return'

Six people were killed and dozens injured in a deadly explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant in Chittagong's Sitakunda upazila on Saturday

Update : 04 Mar 2023, 11:49 PM

“I told my husband not to go to work today. We raise cattle in our home. One of our cows has been missing. I asked him to help me find it. We had an argument but still he went to work today. Now he will never return.”

These are the words of a wife who lost her loved one in the deadly explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant in Chittagong's Sitakunda upazila on Saturday afternoon.

Farid, 33, used to live in Chittagong's Faujdarhat area with his wife and three daughters.

Even though he had an argument with his wife over finding the missing cow, Farid went to work on Saturday morning. Now he is just a memory to his wife and children as he and five others lost their lives in the tragic incident.

While waiting to receive the body from the hospital authorities, Farid's wife said: “I told him if he goes to work today, I won't talk to him anymore. Still, he went to work. He called me at 12pm to ask if I had found the cow. I told him not to call me. Now, my husband is no more.”

Farid's friend Rimon said: “Farid has no relatives here. He was a driver's assistant by profession. He and his family were struggling financially.”

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. 

Officials said that 18 people have been admitted to CMCH.

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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