Dhaka – At least six children were killed and score others injured after a gas cylinder being used to inflate balloons exploded in Dhaka on Wednesday, police and fire-fighters said.
The incident took place near a slum in Mirpur neighborhood of the city. The victims mostly are the residents of the slum in Rupnagar area.
The cylinder went off when a vendor was inflating balloons to sell them among the children gathered on the wayside on the sunny autumn afternoon. But the sudden blast put down the light of four children’s life. Their bodies were found tore apart in a pool of blood, according to one of the rescuers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence department who reached the scene on information about the blast.
The fire-fighters rushed as many as 17 people to different hospitals where two others succumbed to their injuries. The children who died in the accident were between the age of seven and 14, said Mohammad Rasel, an official at the Fire Service and the Civil Defence department.
The official, however, could not specify the case of the accident. But he said an investigation was launched into the accident to determine how it happened.
Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of local Rupnagar Police Station, said they have identified bodies of five out of six children. They are Rubel, 11, Ria Moni, 7, Farzana, 6, Ramzan, 10, and Nupur, 7. The child is aged about 8, he added.
Physicians at Dhaka Medical College Hospital said that the condition of four undergoing treatment was critical. Relatives of the victims were seen wailing at the scene while many others were crowded at the hospitals.
Deaths from gas cylinder blast are common as people do not pay heed to whether they use sub-standard tubes. There are also tendencies that the users do not get the tubes tested before use.