Over 40 Killed, Hundreds Injured In Bangladesh Depot Blast

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A fire and a huge explosion have killed at least 49 people and injured hundreds more at a storage depot near the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Hundreds of people had arrived to tackle the fire when a number of shipping containers exploded at the site in Sitakunda.

It is thought that chemicals were stored in some of the containers.

Industrial fires are common in Bangladesh, and are often blamed on poor safety regulations.

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Many of the injured are said to be in a critical condition and the number of people killed is expected to rise.

Hospitals in the area are overwhelmed, with crowds of people waiting in hallways for treatment. Medics have appealed for blood donations and some of the injured have been airlifted to the capital, Dhaka.

The fire broke out at around 21:00 local time (15:00 GMT) on Saturday and hundreds of firefighters, police and volunteers quickly arrived on the scene.

As they tried to extinguish the blaze a huge explosion rocked the site, engulfing many of the rescuers in flames and throwing debris and people into the air.

(Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61693778)
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