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More Than 100 Die In Bangladesh Factory Fire
At least 112 people have been killed in a fire which tore through a clothes factory in Bangladesh, an official has said.
The blaze broke out in the seven-storey building operated by Tazreen Fashions on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, late on Saturday.
By this morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, fire department operations director Mohammad Mahbub said.
Mr Mahbub said another 12 people, who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire, later died at several hospitals.
The death toll could rise as the search for victims is continuing, he added.
Army soldiers and border guards had been deployed to help police keep the situation under control as thousands of anxious relatives of the factory workers gathered at the scene.
It is not yet known what caused the blaze.
Bangladesh has some 4,000 clothes factories, many without proper safety measures.
The country annually earns about $20bn from exports of garment products, mainly to the US and Europe.
Meanwhile, in Bangladesh's southeastern port city of Chittagong, military rescue teams were drafted in to help when a flyover collapsed just shortly before the factory fire.
"So far 13 dead bodies have been recovered," sub-inspector Mohammad Alauddin said.
The number of missing could not immediately be confirmed but police constable Shakakhawat Hossain said that dozens could be trapped under the debris.
Mr Hossain said about 20 people were injured, including some during clashes between police and an angry crowd that attacked the site offices of the construction company after the flyover collapse.
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what do you think?
So sad . No health and safety just cram the people in . I bet fire exits were blocked etc it's an awful high loss of human life . May view rest in peace www.
Kimberley its been reported on the news that dozens of these fires happen every year
Awful tragedy like others have said probably no health and safety.God bless
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Absolutely awful. Wonder if they were supplying uk majors.
A terrible tragedy and one of many that occur in third world factories producing cheap clothing for the west insatiable appetite for "stuff". We in the west are part of the chain that allows life to be cheap and these tragedies to reguarly occur unoticed
Then how about only buying clothes and 'stuff' made in UK and western factories where the welfare standards are maintained! Oh that would be because they cost more!!! You cant have it both ways!!!
Paul, don't know why you're arguing that point with me. That's exactly what i'm saying and what i try to do. You are preaching to the converted.
This is a tragedy that coulld have been svoided if basic safety fire regs had been in place. If Bangladesh clothing products are earning $20 bn pa why isnt this being put back into the their working environments?
? Its no good people going on about the working conditions the clues are in the news thread. A modern factory(2009) only had permission for 3 storey's but they built NINE .... Secondly clothing is 80% of the regions anual export. No heads will roll as the textile bosses pay off the corupt government officials and spiritual leaders so while they continue to feather their nests the people will continue to die You can buy a pair of jeans for a fiver!!!! Net it would cost more to post those jeans to bangladesh???? This is after reading another thread about another fire with only a few injuries