Death toll from Narayanganj mosque explosion climbs to 12
Published : Saturday, 5 September, 2020 at 11:41 AM Count : 799
The death toll from airconditioners explosion incident inside a mosque in Narayanganj city climbed to 12 till Saturday morning.
The deceased were identified as Jewel, 7, Md Delwar, 48, Muazzin of the mosque, Md Jamal, 40, Sabbir, 18, Jubayer, 18, Humayun Kabir, 70, Kuddus Bepari, 70, Md Ibrahim, 42, Mostafa Kamal, 34, Rifat, 18, Junayed, 28, and Rassel, 34.
Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of the hospital, said, "The condition of 25 burn patients are critical. All of the injured have burnt their respiratory tracts."
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep grief over the loss of lives in this tragic incident and directed to give maximum care to the victims.
Meanwhile, three separate probe committees have been formed in this connection.
Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, state gas transmission and distribution agency Titas and the district administration of Narayanganj each formed a committee to investigate the explosions.
The anxious family members and friends of the injured were seen waiting restlessly outside the hospital. They wanted to know if their relatives are still alive.
More than 50 devotees received multiple burn injuries when six air conditioners exploded at Baitus Salam Jame Mosque at Khanpur Tolla area in the city during the Esha payers on Friday.
Thirty-seven of the injured were admitted to the Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute while the rest were to Victoria Hospital in Narayanganj city.
The seven-year-old Jewel breathed his last around 12:30am on Saturday.
Witnesses said there were six airconditioners inside the mosque. The devotees were offering Esha paryer. Suddenly, the electricity went off. When the Faraj part of Esha prayer was just completed, electricity came back.
One of the devotees informed that there was a leakage in an AC's pipe. As the electricity came back, it suddenly exploded with heavy sound. Instantly, the fire from that AC had spread to the rest five other ACs.