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Bodies of four BD nationals to be brought back within 10 days

| Updated: August 07, 2020 09:24:57

Bodies of four BD nationals to be brought back within 10 days

The bodies of the four Bangladeshis, who were killed in the deadly explosion in Beirut on Tuesday, will be sent home within eight to ten days, an official of the Bangladesh Mission in Beirut said on Thursday.

He also informed that the condition of one of the injured Bangladeshis is still critical.

A massive explosion in a Beirut sea port warehouse killed at least 137 people and injured 5,000 others.

“In total, 79 Bangladeshi migrant workers were injured in the explosion and two are missing,” first Secretary of Bangladesh Embassy Abdullah Al Mamun, told The Financial Express (FE) over phone.

“The Mission provided financial and medical assistance to the injured Bangladeshis and we are in constant touch with them” he added.

On the other hand, the 21 sailors of the Bangladesh Navy, who were also injured in the blast, are out of danger, and 11 of them were released from the hospital.

The condition of Harun Ur Rashid, Senior Warrant Officer of Bangladesh Navy, who was critically injured in the explosion, is improving.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has decided to send emergency relief including food, medicine and medical kits there.

We are ready to provide more support in addition to this” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told a group of newsmen on Thursday.

“I contacted Lebanese Foreign Minister Mr Charbel Wehbe over phone to express our deep condolence to the affected people,” the minister said.

During the conversation he expressed gratitude to the Lebanon government to take due steps for the treatment of the Bangladeshis who were injured in the blast.

The massive explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the Beirut, causing widespread damage as far as the outskirts of the capital.

Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the blast to some 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.


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