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Sitakunda oxygen plant blast: Rescue efforts continue for second day

At least six persons were killed and 22 others were injured in Saturday’s blast 

Update : 05 Mar 2023, 03:19 PM

The Fire Service, RAB and police started rescue operations for the second day on Sunday after Saturday's explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant in Chittagong's Sitakunda upazila. 

Earlier, the Fire Service announced the suspension of the rescue operation on Saturday around 8:30pm.

The explosion happened around 4:40pm on Saturday. On receiving information, nine units of the Fire Service, army, RAB, police and volunteer organizations participated in the rescue work.

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Chittagong Agrabad Fire Service Assistant Director Abdul Malek said the Fire Service team started rescue operations in the morning. Voluntary Organizations are also helping in the rescue work. 

“It is an oxygen plant. Thousands of oxygen cylinders are scattered around the factory which is why the Fire Service personnel are working with caution,” he said. 

Deputy Commissioner Abul Bashar Mohammed Fakhruzzaman said: “Six people were killed and 22 others were injured in the terrible explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant on Saturday. Among the injured, 17 are undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and five at another hospital in Sitakunda.”

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“We are getting continuous updates of the injured who are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. A control room has been opened for supervision as well,” he added. 

The explosion at Seema Oxygen Plant on Saturday rattled neighbouring areas and engulfed them in thick black smoke. Locals said the massive explosion shook at least two square kilometres of the surrounding area.

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

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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