(MENAFN) A massive explosion at an office building in Dhaka’s commercial district has left at least 17 people dead and more than 100 injured. The cause of the blast is not yet known, and authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Bangladesh has seen numerous fatal building fires and explosions in recent years, which are often attributed to lax safety regulations and enforcement.
The explosion occurred shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, shaking the lower floors of a seven-story building in the Gulistan neighborhood, a major hub for wholesale goods. The blast destroyed several floors of the building and caused the side walls to collapse, sending debris and splinters flying into the crowded streets.
Police inspector Bacchu Mia confirmed that 17 people, including two women, had died as a result of the explosion. Over 112 people were treated for head wounds, fractures, and other injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where hundreds of doctors and nurses were mobilized to treat the wounded. Some of the injured were sent to other hospitals in the city.
The scale of the damage caused by the explosion has hampered rescue efforts, with Fire Department Chief Brig. Gen. Main Uddin saying that even though rescuers arrived within seven minutes of the blast, they were having difficulty reaching people who may still be trapped inside.
The incident highlights the need for improved safety regulations and enforcement in Bangladesh, which has seen numerous deadly accidents in recent years. Authorities must take action to prevent future incidents and ensure the safety of the country’s citizens.
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