Helium cylinder blast: Five injured brought to Dhaka
Five people, severely injured in a helium cylinder explosion in Nangalkot upazila of Cumilla, were brought to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery yesterday for better treatment.
The victims are Saiful Islam, 12, Sabbir, 13, Emran Hossain Emon, 15, Abdur Rouf, 32, and Anwar Hossain, 35.
Dr Samanta Lal Sen, coordinator of the institute, said two patients -- Saiful and Rouf -- had around 35 percent burns on their bodies and that they were in critical condition.
Dr Sefayet Ullah, assistant prof of the Department of Surgery at Cumilla Medical College Hospital, said two children underwent surgeries there on Thursday night.
Some 10 to 11 patients, mostly children, were undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said.
Meanwhile, Nangalkot upazila administration yesterday formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident.
Ashraful Haque, assistant commissioner (land) of the upazila, was made the chief of the probe body.
Akhteruzzaman, assistant director of fire service and civil defence, and Rakibul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Nangolkot Police Station, will act as members of the committee.
The committee has been asked to submit its report by three working days, said Nangolkot Upazila Nirbahi Officer Lamia Saiful.
Besides, each family of 15 injured will be provided with Tk 10,000 as assistance from the upazila administration, said the UNO.
Around 40, including 35 children, sustained injuries as a helium cylinder, used to pump gas into balloons, exploded in Cumilla's Nangalkot around 4:30pm on Thursday.
Six of the children were in a critical state. The incident has triggered anger among people.
Contacted, local Mokara Union Parishad Chairman Mohammad Saifuddin said, "The balloon seller Anwar, one of the injured, used to work as a brick mason. He occasionally sells different toy-like things for children. This time he first brought this gas balloon cylinder."
Our Cumilla correspondent contributed to this report