Bangladesh Yard Blast Death Toll Rises to Four

first_imgzoom Four workers have died following a gas cylinder explosion in a shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh and the condition of four more workers is still critical, after suffering severe burn injuries in the blast, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform informed.The accident happened on 5 September 2015 at the Shital Ship Breaking yard, a yard that was only established in 2011.“This terrible accident and the deaths of the workers are painful reminders of the dangerous working conditions that are prevalent at the shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh,” said Muhammed Ali Shahin, coordinator of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform in Bangladesh.“Continued lack of proper procedures, adequate infrastructure and equipment, and sufficient training, are the root causes for such deadly accidents. We demand that all yard owners and the relevant authorities push for drastic change and ensure a safe and sound working environment in the yards. The yard management must be held responsible.”According to the yard management, the eight workers were hit by the cylinder blast when they were getting ready for work, reported local media.Three of the workers received only basic care and were sent back home. Later they were admitted to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital when their condition had deteriorated. The five others were already being treated at the hospital; however, four workers succumbed to their injuries and died in hospital. The remaining four workers are still fighting for their lives.“It was only after local NGOs, trade union affiliates and member organisations of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, contacted the Bangladesh Shipbreakers Association (BSBA) that the workers received better treatment in the hospital. The Ship Breaking Workers Trade Union Forum and Platform member organisation BILS demanded proper care and treatment and reminded the yard owners about their obligation to provide compensation to the victims and their families. On 10 September, after three of the injured workers had already died in the hospital, activists and citizens formed a human chain in Chittagong to protest against the lack of response from the yard owners,” the Platform said in a release.A case has been filed against the yard management for negligence, Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of NGO Shipbreaking Platform told World Maritime News in a statement.According to the Platform’s data, even though several shipping companies have already renounced selling their old ships to the breaking beaches of Bangladesh, others continue doing so without any remorse. At the time of the explosion, two ships were beached at Shital: the “Arctic”, an LNG tanker whose last beneficial owner was the Russian state-owned tanker-giant Sovcomflot; and the “Aman Trader”, which was sold for breaking by Greek Universal Shipmanagement Corporation and was operated by Greek Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. The latter has also sold three ships for breaking to South Asia in 2015 and has been listed by the Platform as a “global dumper” in 2014.“It is irresponsible of ship owners to continue to ignore what is happening in Bangladesh and to perpetuate a situation of exploitation and unsafe working conditions by choosing these yards to maximize their profits instead of demanding responsible ship recycling yards,” said Heidegger.Based on the information gathered by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and its member organisations, in 2015 alone 12 shipbreaking workers have died on the job, and 17 more were severely injured.last_img read more

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Finally rain relief in city adjoining districts

first_imgKolkata: People in the city and other districts of South Bengal who had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days heaved a sigh of relief after thunderstorms hit certain parts of the state resulting in a dip in temperature.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted rain and thundershowers in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, particularly in the evening. Though during the day time, hot and humid conditions may prevail, added the weather office. The monsoon is expected to enter the state early next month. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThundershowers along with gusty winds swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening. Though, they did not last for too long but they brought the much needed relief for the city dwellers from sultry weather. The MeT office also forecast that districts like Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura, Malda will witness moderate rainfall along with gusty winds in the next two days. A hailstorm is expected to hit some parts of South Bengal as well. Thundershowers may also lash other districts like North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and adjoining parts of the city on late Monday night. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a weather official, the mercury will slide down by a few notches immediately after the thundershowers but the discomfort level may not be reduced as the humidity is still expected to be on the higher side. Interestingly, the temperature may be slightly higher during the night in comparison to the temperature that is normally found during this time of the year. The MeT office also predicts that North Bengal districts will receive heavy thundershowers in the next 48 hours. Hailstorms is also likely to hit several districts in North Bengal as a result of which tea gardens may face damages. There will be occasional downpour and gusty winds in South Bengal in the next two days. It may be mentioned here that entire South Bengal continued to burn under the scorching sun for the past one week resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers. The temperature touched 42-43 degree in the Western districts like Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high throughout the day in the past couple of days due to the inflow of northwesterly winds to Bengal from the neighbouring states.last_img read more

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