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Rupnagar gas cylinder blast: Fate of survivors not promising

  • Published at 09:36 pm November 1st, 2019
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One of the victim of Mirpur gas cylinder blast being carried by her family member at Dhaka Medical College Hospital premises on Thursday, October 31, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune.

The future of Jewel, and his family is now in great uncertainty as he was the only provider for his wife, and two sons

The fate of survivors from Rupnagar's gas cylinder blast does not look promising, as most of them are somewhat hanging on to their dear lives, and are in fear that the coming future is grim. 

One of the victims of Wednesday's tragic incident, which claimed the lives of seven people, was Jewel Sarder, a rickshaw puller.  He got his left arm severely injured in the explosion, and is currently undergoing treatment at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). 

The future of Jewel, and his family is now in great uncertainty as he was the only provider for his wife, and two sons.

Mossammat Rupali Begum, Jewel's wife, told Dhaka Tribune that she has no idea how she is going to bear the expenses of their two children, and pay for her husband's treatment. 

“We have no idea when he (Jewel) will be able to get back to work,” she added.

None of the seven blast survivors —balloon seller Abu Sayeed, 25, Jannat, 25, Jewel, 25, Siam, 11, Jony, 10 Mostakim, 9, and Mizan, 6 —being treated at the DMCH, are yet out of danger.

Commenting on the condition of the several injured, DMCH casualty department’s Resident Surgeon Dr Muhammad Alauddin said: “Nothing can be said about them [patients] before 72 hours have passed."

Most of the victims who fell victim to the blast hail from low-income families living in the Shialbari Slum, situated just yards away from the scene of the accident.  Family members of the survivors now fear that they will soon face serious financial crisis.  

Minu Akter, mother of nine-year-old Mostakim, one of four children who survived the blast, said she and her son moved to Dhaka from Faridpur just a month and a half ago seeking a better future.

“Who knew this fate [the blast] was waiting for us, what will happen in the future,” she added.

The balloon seller Abu Sayeed, 25, receiving treatment under police custody at the DMCH told Dhaka Tribune that he is feeling excruciating pain in his whole body. 

A total of seven people were killed, and at least 20 were injured, when a balloon seller’s gas cylinder exploded in Mirpur, Dhaka on Wednesday.

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