10 die of ‘heatstroke’ as crowd gathers in Ctg to receive iftar handout
Sofian Khan: At least 10 women lost their lives leaving 50 more injured of possible heat stroke or stampede as some 35,000 people gathered to collect zakat and other iftar essentials in Satkania upazila of Chittagong yesterday morning.
Nine died on spot while another breathed her last after she was taken to Satkania Upazila Health Complex. The primary reason detected is heat stroke while possibilities of stampede also exists. According to Superintendent of Chittagong Police Nur-e-Alam Mina, the incident originated as suffocation resulted from a large number of people gathering at a small space for the Zakat collection. “Almost all the women gathered at Ghatiadanga village to collect iftar essentials were in burqas,” he added.
The distribution of Zakat and iftar items was arranged by the authorities of Kabir Steel Re-rolling Mills (KSRM). Since they had an allocation of 10,000 people, the mad-rush resulted such a high num ber of people to get victimized.