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Fire destroys yet another garment factory in Bangladesh
Nov '13
courtesy: Dhaka Tribune
courtesy: Dhaka Tribune
Just when the world was about to believe that fire and other incidents in Bangladesh readymade garment manufacturing units would become a thing of the past, yet another fire incident gutted a 10-storey building at Gazipur, about 40 km from the capital Dhaka.
The factory belonging to the Standard Group was one of the biggest in Bangladesh, producing clothing for several international apparel brands, employing about 18,000 people.
It took about 12 hours for a dozen fire tenders from seven stations to bring the fire under control, according to reports.
While the exact reason for the cause of fire is not known, police and witnesses said the fire incident broke out after a mosque loudspeaker announced death of two workers in police firing earlier in the day.
However, no casualties were reported as fire broke out before midnight, when the factory was closed.
Meanwhile, a seven-member probe committee led by Gazipur additional district magistrate Mohammad Mohsin has been constituted and it has been asked to submit a report on the incident within in the next seven working days, according to The Daily Star.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has called a meeting on December 1 with leaders of all trade bodies, including the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), to decide on the next course of action.
The garment sector contributes about 80 percent of Bangladesh’s foreign exchange earnings, and it is a vital sector for the economy of the South Asian nation.
Owing to low wages and duty-free access to Western markets, Bangladesh has risen to currently become the second largest apparel exporter in the world, next only to China.
However, a series of deadly incidents, including last year’s Tazreen Fashions fire incident and the Rana Plaza building collapse this April, triggered a global concern on workers’ safety, and has put pressure on the Government, industrialists and global apparel buyers to reform the Bangladesh garment industry.
The Bangladesh clothing sector exports goods worth US$ 22 billion annually, and employs about four million people.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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