Moghbazar explosion: body found in rubble after two days


Residents watch firefighters search through debris from the blast on the ground floor of a building in Moghbazar, Dhaka on Sunday, June 27, 2021 Mehedi Hasan / Dhaka Tribune

The death toll for Sunday’s tragic incident rises to eight

Rescuers recovered another body from the rubble of a building in Moghbazar in Dhaka, which partially collapsed following a massive explosion on Sunday.

The body of the three-story building’s warden, Harunur Rashid, was found around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, said Debashish Bardhan, deputy director of fire and civil defense (operations).

He said they searched the rubble as a priority because Harunur’s daughter informed them that her father had been missing since the explosion.

The body was then sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for an autopsy, he added.

Seven people were killed and more than 50 injured after the powerful explosion ravaged the building near the Moghbazar wireless gate on Sunday evening.

Several vehicles and adjacent buildings were also damaged by the explosion.

Most of the injured, including four in critical condition, are currently being treated at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Investigators have yet to make a breakthrough in identifying the cause of the explosion, even after five investigative teams from different agencies – including firefighters, police and the explosives department – visited the premises during the last two days.

The engineering department of the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) also declared the three-story building “risky” on Tuesday following the recommendation of a committee headed by its chief engineer.

DSCC officials said they would provide instructions on how quickly and safely the owner can start demolishing the facility.

Ramna police in the early hours of Tuesday also filed a complaint against several unidentified people under section 304 (A) of the Penal Code, which deals with death by negligence.


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