None of five children burnt in Bhasan Char fire survives

Two adults burnt in the incident are undergoing treatment at Chattogram Medical College Hospital

Published : 29 Feb 2024, 06:14 AM
Updated : 29 Feb 2024, 06:14 AM

None of the five children burnt in a gas cylinder fire at the Rohingya settlement on Bhasan Char island could be saved as another child has succumbed to her wounds, raising the death toll to five.

Three-year-old Rushmina, who gave a single name, died during treatment in Chattogram Medical College Hospital on Thursday, according to Brig Gen Shameem Ahsan, director of the hospital.

Five of the seven burn victims admitted at the CMCH have died.

Rushmina had 50 percent of her body burnt and her respiratory tract was severely damaged, Shameem added.

The fire started after a man opened a cylinder before returning it for a refill at Cluster 81 of the Asrayan-3 housing project on Saturday, according to police.

The gas soon spread to their neighbour’s kitchen where cooking was underway.

Nine people were injured in the incident. They were rushed to Noakhali General Hospital after being given first aid at the camp.

The hospital subsequently sent seven of them to Chattogram for advanced care.

The two others admitted to the Chattogram hospital are Amena Khatun, 26, and Jubaida, 25.

The victims admitted to the Noakhali hospital are Shafi Alam and Bashir Ulla.