Chittagong - The explosion of an ammonia tank in fertilizer factory in Bangladesh caused toxic gases to spread across large parts of the city of Chittagong. According to the authorities, more than 200 people had to receive medical treatment after the explosion occurred yesterday evening when the 500-tonne tank was filled with the toxic gas. According to the police and fire brigade, hundreds of people were brought to safety in the port city.
According to the authorities, there were no serious injuries. 56 people were hospitalized, said administration chief Mesbah Uddin. Eight of them have already been released. 150 other people were treated directly at the scene of the accident. Other officials said strong wind had spread the gas within ten kilometers.
The fire department tried that all night to stop the gas leak in the tank. This only succeeded early this morning. Around 60 firefighters were deployed to calm local residents who had panicked after the explosion.
In addition to local residents, police chief Rafiqul Islam also asked hundreds of workers from nearby factories to leave their workplaces. Uddin said people were informed through loudspeakers. "Hundreds left, but returned after the situation improved." The government ordered an investigation into the explosion.