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Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 10, injures 50

04 July 2017

A boiler explosion at a garment factory at Kashimpur in Gazipur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, killed 10 people and injured 50, officials said on July 3. The number still missing remained unclear as of July 4 an police said the search for more victims was ongoing.  This is the latest fatal incident to affect the sector, one of the country’s biggest employers.

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The accident happened at a plant owned by Multifabs Limited, which supplies knitted apparel to clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands and Britain, including to Littlewoods, one of Britain's oldest retail brands, according to its website.

Bangladesh's garment-making industry, the biggest in the world after China's, employs four million people and generates 80% of its export earnings.

Bangladesh's garment sector came under scrutiny after the collapse of a factory complex in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, and a fire at a garment factory in 2012 that killed 112 workers.


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