Families gather in front of CMCH in search of missing victims

Most of the bodies remain unidentified
News Desk : dhakamirror.com
Family members of unidentified victims during a fire and massive explosion at privately-run inland container depot, BM Container Depot, at Sitakunda on the outskirts of the country’s port city Chattogram on Saturday night gathered in front of Chattogram Medical College Hospital on Monday morning.
While visiting the hospital on Monday morning, it was seen that the family members were looking for their relatives at the CMCH morgue. To identify the dead body the family members had to provide DNA sample to the hospital.
19-year-old Reshmi Begum came to CMCH along with her three-month-old baby from Fatikchhari in Chattogram to search for her husband Md Shahjahan who remained missing after the fire incident at BM Container Depot.
Md Shahjahan was a covered van driver and he was at the BM Container Depot during the fire and massive explosion on Saturday night.
Reshmi Begum told New Age that ‘he called me in the evening and informed me that he went to BM Container Depot to unload goods. When we learnt that there was a fire incident, I immediately called him but failed to contact him.’
Like Reshmi Begum, the family members of other victims who were at the depot during the fire gathered in front of CMCH to identify the victims.
Hemayet Ullah came from Dhaka in search of his son Md Mainuddin, 22, who remained missing since Saturday night.
Mainuddin was a lorry driver and went to the depot with goods, Hemayet Ullah told New Age.
Another transport worker Md Sakib, 19, remained missing since Saturday night. His elder brother Abdul Hannan came to CMCH from Subarnachar of Noakhali in search of his brother.
‘My brother called me during the fire. He informed me that there was a fire in a container. He was watching the fire incident and capturing videos. We requested him to leave but he didn’t care,’ Abdul Hannan told New Age.
However, authorities were collecting DNA samples to identify the victims. The family members were waiting in a queue to provide DNA samples.
Chattogram range deputy inspector general Md Anwar Hossain on Monday morning at CMCH said that they were collecting DNA samples to identify the victims.
However, a total of 22 bodies were handed over to their family members till Monday 10:30am, assistant commissioner Pratik Dutta of Chattogram district administration told New Age.
However, the authorities could identify the 24 bodies out of 49 till Monday morning while the rest of the bodies remained unidentified.
Authorities couldn’t identify the bodies as the faces of most of the bodies were distorted, said officials.
At least 49 people including nine firefighters were killed and over 200 people were injured in an explosion as a fire broke out in a privately-run inland container depot at Sitakunda in Bangladesh’s southeast district of Chattogram on the night following Saturday.
The fire originated at a container, loaded with hydrogen peroxide, at about 9:30pm on Saturday and it experienced a massive explosion at about 10:10pm. Later, the fire spread to the other containers.
There were 33 containers which were filled with hydrogen peroxide and were brought to the BM Container Depot on June 1 and June 2.
The 33 containers of hydrogen peroxide chemical were owned by Al Razi Chemical Complex Limited, a sister concern of Smart Group of Industries which is also the owner of BM Container Depot, said an official.
Mujibur Rahman, the editor of Chattogram local daily Purbodesh and treasurer of Chattogram south district Awami League, is the owner of Al Razi Chemical Complex Limited and BM Container Depot.
BM Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladeshi joint venture, was set up as an inland container depot that has been operating since May 2011, one of 19 such ICDs in Chattogram.
The chairman of the depot is Dutch businessman Bert Pronk, who has other investments too in Bangladesh, while the managing director is Mustafizur Rahman of the Smart Group of Industries.

– With New Age input

Related News

UNOs can’t serve as upazila chief executive officer

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The High Court yesterday scrapped the provisions in a law that gave sweeping powers to upazila nirbahi officers to act as the chief executive officer and secretary of upazila parishads. Delivering a verdict on two writ petitions, the HC at the same time ruled that the terminology “Upazila Proshason” cannot be ... Read more

Air pollution causes 20% of premature deaths in Bangladesh: WB

Air pollution is responsible for about 20 percent of the total premature deaths in Bangladesh, says a World Bank report. The report titled ‘Striving for Clean Air: Air Pollution and Public Health in South Asia’ mentions that air pollution is liked to 20 per cent or one in every five of total premature deaths in ... Read more

Moon not seen, Ramadan begins on Friday

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims engage in self-purification through fasting and abstinence, begins in the country from Friday as the new crescent moon was not sighted in Bangladesh’s night sky this evening. The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul ... Read more

Saudi Arabia confirms first day of Ramadan 2023

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Saudi Arabia announced Thursday, March 23 as the first day of Ramadan 2023. Observers were unable to spot the new moon on Tuesday, the sighting committee reported, meaning the holy month will not commence until Thursday. Wednesday will be the last day of the month of Shabaan, which precedes Ramadan, the ... Read more

Sculptor Shamim Sikder dies

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Ekushey Padak awardee sculptor and former professor of Dhaka University Shamim Sikder died this afternoon. She died around 4:30pm while being treated at the United Hospital Limited in Dhaka, Imran Hossain, a curator of Shamim Sikder Sculpture Park, confirmed. The 70-year-old artist was suffering from multiple illnesses, including cardiovascular, respiratory and ... Read more

Hajj flights begin on May 21

News Desk : dhakamirror.com This year’s hajj flights will start on May 21, Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Shafiqul Azim said today. The return hajj flights will begin on August 2, said the Biman boss during a press conference at the Biman Headquarters in the city’s Kurmitola this afternoon. The national flag carrier will operate ... Read more

No scope to curtail this year’s hajj airfare: Biman CEO

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Biman will not slash this year’s hajj airfare despite calls from different quarters, including the religious affairs ministry and a parliamentary watchdog, for reducing the ticket price. There is no scope to curtail the hajj airfare, said Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Shafiqul Azim during a press conference at its headquarters ... Read more

Madaripur road accident claims 19 lives

News Desk : dhakamirror.com At least 19 people were killed and over a dozen injured as a bus fell into a roadside ditch at Kutubpur under Shibpur upazila in Madaripur district on Sunday morning. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. The accident took place minutes after 7:30am on Sunday, said Madaripur Highway ... Read more

Rainfall is predicted to rise during the following 3 days

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Rainfall or thunder showers may increase in the country in the next 72 hours, Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a forecast today. The 24-hour forecast issued at 9:00am said that the trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area and the seasonal low lies over the South Bay. ... Read more

Hajj registration: Deadline extended ‘for the last time

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The government today extended the deadline for hajj registration “for the last time” amid concerns that the quota for the annual pilgrimage won’t be fulfilled. According to a circular of the Religious Affairs Ministry issued this evening, the deadline for hajj registration has been extended till March 21. In the circular ... Read more

2 more Metrorail stations open to public from today

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Kazipara and Mirpur-11 stations of the country’s first-ever metro rail service was opened to public this morning. Metro rail has started picking up and dropping passengers at the Kazipara and Mirpur-11 stations.For all latest news, follow The Daily Star’s Google News channel. MAN Siddique, managing director of Dhaka Mass Transit ... Read more

This hajj package inhuman: High Court

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The High Court today said this year’s hajj package is inhuman as its cost is so high. Those who are involved in fixing this costly hajj package will become sharers of the sin, the HC bench of Justice KM Kamrul Kader and Justice Mohammad Ali during the hearing of a writ ... Read more

Woman dials 999 to surrender after killing husband

News Desk : dhakamirror.com A woman from Rajapur upazila in Jhalakathi called the National Emergency Service 999 early Monday claiming that she had killed her husband. Safia Khatun, 33, called the hotline-999 to surrender to the law after killing her husband autorickshaw driver Rabiul Awal Talukder. Emergency service call operator Constable Ikramul, who received the ... Read more

Fire Service, 9 people to receive Swadhinata Padak 2023

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The government has choosen 9 individuals and one institution for this year’s Swadhinata Padak (Independence Award), in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country. The Cabinet Division has issued a notification in this regard on Thursday (9 March). Six recipients of the award freedom fighter Colonel (retired) Samsul Alam, Lieutenant ... Read more

Sehri and Iftar times for Ramadan 2023 released

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Islamic Foundation released the timings of Sehri and Iftar for holy Ramadan on Monday. The holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin on March 24, subject to viewing the moon, according to the schedule published by the Islamic Foundation on Monday. It also said that the list of timings ... Read more

Bangladeshis are eligible to obtain dual citizenship in 44 more countries

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladeshis will also be able to obtain citizenship in 44 countries, including Brazil and Argentina, following the approval of a proposal by the Cabinet. Currently, the Bangladeshis who acquired citizenship in 57 countries are enjoying this facility. With the addition of 44 new countries, those having citizenship from a total of ... Read more

A woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth every two minutes, UN report says

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Despite maternal mortality rates declining by a third in 20 years, a woman dies every two minutes from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, according to a report released by the UN on Thursday. Rates dramatically decreased between 2000 and 2015, but between 2016 and 2020, they mostly stagnated, and in ... Read more

SSC exams to begin on 30 April

News Desk : dhakamirror.com This year’s Secondary School Certificate and its equivalent exams will start from April 30, about two months later than the usual time, due to the fallout of Covid-19 pandemic. Usually, during the pre-Covid period, SSC exams began in the first week of February. Chairman of Dhaka Education Board Tapan Kumar Sarkar ... Read more

Nibir’s condition improving but still in danger, family members say

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Doctors warned Kumar Nibir’s family that although his condition is improving, he is still in danger. Nibir was badly hurt in a car accident that killed three Bangladeshi students in Toronto on Monday night. Quoting a relative of Nibir’s mother, Naima Sultana, Bangladeshi expatriate journalist Shaogat Ali Sagar told The Daily ... Read more

3 Bangladeshi students dead, 1 injured after violent highway crash in Canada

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Three Bangladeshi students have died, and another is in critical condition, after a “very violent” crash on Highway 427 in Etobicoke on Tuesday morning. Ontario Provincial Police said the crash happened on the Highway 427 southbound off-ramp to Dundas Street at around 11:23 p.m. Monday. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the ... Read more