In the capital city of Bangladesh, a massive “earthquake-like” explosion at a seven-story building on Tuesday left at least 17 people dead, including two women, and over 100 others injured, according to police and locals.
Following the explosion at Old Dhaka’s busy Gulistan neighbourhood at 4:50 pm (local time), eleven firefighting units totalling 200 firemen were mobilised on the scene, according to the fire service control centre.
There were numerous stores selling home items and sanitary products. According to fire department officer Dinomoni Sharma, ”a bus parked on the other side of the building was also destroyed by the explosion.”
Sharma stated that the explosion’s cause was unknown and warned that the death toll would increase as long as rescue efforts persisted.
Items that were originally inside the businesses were heaped up on the street, and images from the scene indicated significant damage to the building and neighbouring structures. Rubble and shattered glass that fell to the ground injured some passersby.
According to Kamal Ahmed, one of those hurt in the incident, he was sidewalk shopping when he heard a big noise.
“I stumbled when I heard the sound. Soon I noticed smoke filling the entire area. Buildings are not discernible. “Everyone is running,” he remarked.
Alamgir, who was nearby the explosion, said: “Everyone left the building in a hurry after the loud boom. Everyone’s faces were covered in fear. The building’s windows’ glass broke and fell to the pavement. There were many injured people on the roadway.” The bomb disposal team from the Rapid Action Battalion was dispatched right away to the scene to survey the structures. Later on in the mission, the Army bomb disposal team also participated.
That comes after three people were killed in a blast in Dhaka on Sunday.
Three people died in a suspected gas explosion that happened in Dhaka on Sunday. A fire that started after an explosion at an oxygen facility in southeast Bangladesh on Saturday resulted in seven fatalities and numerous injuries.