Meanwhile at 12:00 pm parts of bodies were recovered from the debris, said Anisur Rahman, Deputy Assistant Director of Agrabad Fire Station.

He said,” We are not counting the body parts as new bodies as they could be from earlier victims.”

“We are still trying to douse the fire completely with caution as many of the containers are still burning and we are not sure which one exactly contains hazardous chemicals,” he added.

The district administration on Monday revised the death toll from Sitakunda container depot fire to 41 down from the earlier confirmed figure of 50.

Brigadier General Shamim Ahsan, director of Chattogram Medical College and Hospital said “We have got 41 bodies and the authorities concerned have conducted the autopsy of 18 on Sunday.”

The identities of 25 people were confirmed, he said adding nine of them were firefighters. So far, 21 bodies have been handed over to the families.

A team of Bangladesh Army along with Bangladesh Navy and Fire Service are still working to prevent the spread of chemicals in the area.

According to fire service sources, the container depot contained a large quantity of chemicals called ‘hydrogen peroxide’. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound and it acts like explosives at high temperature.

The fire broke out at the BM Container Depot on Saturday at Sonachhari in Sitakunda upazila. Explosions also occurred during the fire.

Over 200 people suffered injuries.

Around 130 people are undergoing treatment at the burn unit of CMCH, said Anisur Rahman, deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense.

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