An explosion in the SN Corporation yard at Sitakunda Upazila, Chattogram, Bangladesh left three workers severely injured and one worker lifeless. The boiler of the vessel exploded when all the four reported victims were in the engine room of the vessel. The whole incident happened on Saturday afternoon at around 1400 local time, when the workers were dismantling the ship using cutting torches and then the boiler exploded.
All the victims were then taken to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where the cutter man of the yard, Ripon Chakma was pronounced dead. The other three are currently being treated in CMCH, and are in critical condition due to the explosion.
Regarding the explosion, the workers of the shipyard believe that the actual number of the victims is not correctly reported and the toll is greater than that officially reported.
For the records, Bangladesh and the other south Asian ports have been the centre of shipbreaking yards accidents for decades and Bangladesh has been one of the most consistent in these accidents. Recently, on 11th April an explosion at Jamuna shipbreakers in Chattogram left three workers severely injured. The incident took place when workers start cutting the pipe which contained oil inside it. Similar incidents keep on repeating at different shipbreaking yards like SN Corporation, TR Shipbreaking, and NR Shipyard. On February 6, a worker sustained burn injuries leaving 45 percent of his body burnt following a worker being killed by a falling steel plate at TR Shipbreaking.