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Recent garment factory fires in Bangladesh

Monday - 11/26/2012, 9:03am  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - More than 315 people have died in fires in Bangladesh garment factories since 2006. The country has about 4,000 garment factories and earns about $20 billion a year from exports of garment products, mainly to the U.S. and Europe.

_ At least 112 people die in a fire Saturday at a garment factory just outside Dhaka, the capital. Survivors say many were killed because of a lack of safety measures in the eight-story factory, which employed about 1,700 people.

_ A fire in December 2010 at a 10-story factory in Ashulia, outside Dhaka, kills 29 workers.

_ In February 2010, a sweater factory in Gazipur outside Dhaka is engulfed by a fire, leaving at least 28 dead.

_ In 2006, a fire races through a garment factory in Narayanganj near the capital, killing 23.

_ Another fire in 2006 kills 63 workers at a garment factory in southeastern Chittagong city.

_ More than 60 workers have died in a number of smaller fires over the past six years.

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Sources: Local media, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers Association.


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