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Tampaco death toll rises to 33

  • Published at 09:50 am September 12th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:07 am September 13th, 2016
Tampaco death toll rises to 33
The death toll from the deadly factory fire at Tongi packaging factory has risen to 33 after rescuers retrieved four more bodies from the rubble on Monday. Two of the bodies were found around 7am, Gazipur Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director M Akhtaruzzaman said. “We are thinking of demolishing the building,” he added. Two more bodies were recovered from under the debris in the afternoon, Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Alam told the Dhaka Tribune. Around 70% of food and cigarette packaging factory building collapsed due to a massive fire that broke out after a huge explosion on Saturday morning.
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Tongi police say Tampaco Foils Ltd Chairman Syed Mokbul Hussain and seven others have been accused in a case over the incident. Mokbul is a former parliamentarian. What triggered the fire still remains unclear. Initially, the fire was blamed on boiler explosion but government officials claimed it could have been caused by a gas leak. The blaze was doused after 36 hours of frantic efforts but the fire fighters could not enter the building as it became risky. A team of Bangladesh Army, led by Lt Colonel Shofiul Azam, joined the rescue bid around 5am. On Saturday, two probe bodies – one under the district administration and another by the fire service – were formed to look into the incident. The government announced Tk2 lakh for each families of the killed workers and maximum Tk1 lakh each for the injured as grants from the Labour Welfare Fund. The injured workers would get Tk10,000 each from the district administration while the families of the deceased would be given Tk20,000 each for funeral.