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Gazipur gas cylinder blast death toll climbs to 6

Published : 17 Mar 2024 10:48 PM

Death toll in the Gazipur Cylinder explosion went up to six as three more victims of the fire incidents succumbed to their injuries on Sunday.

A couple —- Nargis, 25, and Mahidul Khan, 25, and Ariful Islam, 38, died while undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery on Sunday after fighting for their lives in the intensive care unit.

Nargis, Mahdul and Ariful were hospitalised after the gas cylinder fire at Kaliakair of Gazipur on March 13.

Nargis suffered 90 per cent burnt while Mahdul and Ariful received 95 and 70 percent burns respectively.

Sirajganj native Mahidul, another Topstar resident, worked at a garment warehouse while Ariful, a native of Rajshahi, worked as an ironer at a garment factory in Gazipur.

The youngest of three siblings, he lived with his wife Sumi Akhter in Kaliakair’s Topstar area.

The air of Sheikh Hasina Burn Institute is still heavy with the grief of the kin of the victims of Gazipur Cylinder blast. They are wailing on the institute premises with a hope that their loved one will somehow survive as five of the victims have succumbed to their injuries. 

At least 32 people, including children and women, suffered burns in the gas cylinder fire at Kaliakair of Gazipur.

With pale looks, the relatives of the burn victims have filled the hospital corridors, some are weeping while some are busy for collecting blood.

The 13-year boy Rabbi was admitted at the institute with 90 per cent burn. Rabbi suffered severe burns being an onlooker. 

Shah Alam, the father of the 13-year boy Rabbi, said may Almighty Allah help my boy to get cure. 

Naden, a 22-year old garment worker, suffered 85 per cent during the cylinder blast. His father Abdur Rahim was wailing in front of the Post-Operative Ward. 

“The whole body of my son got burnt,” he said.    

Hospital sources said none of the 27 patients are out of danger till now. 

Health minister Samanta Lal Sen told reporters on Sunday that the patients with 80 per cent burns are not out of danger yet.

“The patients who get 80 burns are not out of danger yet. We have been trying our best,” he said. 

Earlier on Saturday, 4-year-old Taiyeba and 45-year-old Monsur Ali passed away in hospital care, a day after the death of 45-year-old Solaiman Molla.