At least 38 dead and hundreds injured after devastating chemical explosion hits Bangladesh

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Hundreds of people had arrived to tackle the fire when multiple shipping containers exploded at the site in Sitakunda, 40km (25 miles) from the port city of Chittagong, on Saturday night. The explosions shook the neighbourhood and shattered windowpanes of nearby houses. Many of the injured are reported to be in critical condition and the death toll is expected to rise. One local, lorry driver Tofael Ahmed, told the AFP news agency: “The explosion just threw me some 10 metres from where I was standing. My hands and legs are burnt.” The cause of the fire is not known, but it is thought chemicals were stored in some of the containers.

Firefighters were still working to put out the fire on Sunday morning, police said.

Six firefighters are among those killed and at least 21 firefighters have been injured during the secondary explosions, according to Brig General MD Main Uddin, director-general of Fire Service and Civil Defence.

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