At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion

Rescue workers are seen at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, November 17, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 17 November 2019

At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion

  • The explosion at Patharghata area in Chittagong district collapsed portions of a boundary wall of a nearby building
  • The explosion took place when residents were preparing for the day’s work in the morning

DHAKA, Bangladesh: At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

The explosion at Patharghata area in Chittagong district collapsed portions of a boundary wall of a nearby building, local police chief Mohammed Mohsin said.

He said at least 25 people were hospitalized and firefighters joined the rescue operation.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion. News reports said the road in front of the explosion site was busy with people and tricycle rickshaws. A boundary wall fell on the people on the road.

The explosion took place when residents were preparing for the day’s work in the morning, Mohsin said.

Chittagong is 216 kilometers (134 miles) southeast of the capital, Dhaka.


At least 13 reported missing as torrential rain hits Japan’s Kyushu

Updated 04 July 2020

At least 13 reported missing as torrential rain hits Japan’s Kyushu

  • Highest warning for floods and landslides triggered by the rain “never seen” before in the region

TOKYO: Unprecedented torrential rains pounded Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, where at least 13 people have gone missing as weather officials warned against the threat of floods and landslides, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday.
Television broadcast images of houses and cars submerged in muddy waters in the prefecture of Kumamoto, where NHK said the flooding Kuma River was cutting off homes and had washed away a bridge.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued its highest grade of warning for floods and landslides triggered by the rain “never seen” before in the region, the broadcaster added.
More than 100 appeals for rescue flowed in to local authorities but they could not respond to all immediately, NHK said.