According to foreign media, a fire and a massive explosion killed at least 25 people and injured hundreds more at a storage depot near the city of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Hundreds of people had arrived to fight the fire when a number of containers exploded at the site in Sitakunda, Bangladesh, according to reports.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed that chemicals were stored in some of the containers. Hospitals in the area are overburdened and have requested blood donations, while many of the injured are said to be in critical condition, with burns covering 60% to 90% of their bodies.
“The explosion just threw me some 10 metres from where I was standing. My hands and legs are burnt,” Tofael Ahmed, a lorry driver, told the AFP news agency.