India PM Modi expresses shock at deadly Chittagong depot fire
India extends all possible support to Bangladesh government’s efforts to provide relief and ensure rehabilitation of victims and their families
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his shock at the fire at a container depot in Chittagong which left dozens dead and hundreds severely injured.
Modi wrote to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday, extending “all possible support to her government’s efforts” to provide relief and ensure rehabilitation of the victims and their families.
The Indian prime minister offered condolences and sympathies on behalf of his government and the people of India. He prayed for the early recovery of those injured in the blaze.
At least 43 people were killed and more than 450 were injured in the deadly fire that broke out at BM Container Depot late on Saturday.
Officials fear that the death toll could rise as many of the victims are critically injured and some people remain missing after the explosions.
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Although the reason behind the fire has yet to be unearthed, Fire Service officials confirmed that they had not been informed that chemicals had been stored at the depot.
The fire was finally brought under control after around 60 hours, an army spokesperson told the media at 11am on Tuesday.
The owners of the depot issued a statement on the fire later in the day, expressing their “grief and sadness” at the incident.
Smart Group, the owner of BM Container Depot, said it wanted a fair and impartial investigation into the incident.
“On humanitarian grounds, we have announced payments of Tk10 lakh to the families of each person killed in the accident, Tk6 lakh to the severely injured or mutilated persons and Tk4 lakh to those injured to a lesser extent,” read the statement signed by Smart Group General Manager Major (retd) Shamsul Haider Siddiqui.