Death toll from Narayanganj mosque AC blast reaches 29

Publish: 6:08 PM, September 10, 2020 | Update: 6:08:PM, September 10, 2020

DHAKA,– The death toll in air conditioner (AC) explosion at a Narayanganj mosque reached 29 after one more died from burn injuries while undergoing treatment at Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery till 10am today, an official said.

The deceased was identified as, Abdus Sattar, 40. He suffered 70% burn injuries in his body.

“A total of 29 people have so far died in Narayanganj mosque’s AC blast with one more fatalities confirmed from their burn wounds,” Residential Surgeon of the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery institute Dr Partha Shankar said.

A number of 7 people, who are in critical condition, are now undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery in Dhaka Medical College Hospital here.

At least 50 people suffered severe burn injuries in the AC blast at Pashchim Talla Baitus Salah Mosque in Narayanganj around 8.30 pm on Friday.

So far, 29 people have died due to suffering severe burns.

The deceased were identified as – Journalist Nadim, 45, Imam of the Mosque Abdul Malek, 60, Ibrahim, 42, Delowar Hossain, 42, Mostafa Kamal, 35, Sabbir 21, Juel,7, Zubair, 18 , Zunayed ,17, Humayun Kabir ,70, Junayed ,17,Rifat, 18, Kuddus Bepari ,70, Jamal, 40, Rashed, 30, Mainuddin,12, Jaynal, 40, Nayan, 27, Kanchan, 50, Rasel, 34, Bahauddin, 55, Mizan, 34, Shamim Hasan, 45, Julhas, 35, Mohammad Ali, 55 Abul Bashar 51, Monir Forazi, 30, Imran Hossain, 30 and Abdul Hannan, 50.

Narayanganj Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Abdullah Al Arefin said a gas pipe line of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited has gone through the bottom of the mosque.

A leakage in that pipe line accumulated gas inside the mosque which may trigger the AC blast as the amassed gas could not pass because the mosque windows were closed while the AC was on, he added.