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DHAKA FACTORY DISASTER HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR POLITICAL REFORM


IN the worst industrial disaster to hit Bangladesh since its independence, over 1,000 workers are now known to have died when a building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka in April this year.


The eight-story Rana Plaza housed several clothing factories, including a key supplier for the Primark group, as well as other retailers such as Matalan and Bonmarche. The death toll could


rise still higher as it is reported many bodies remain trapped in the debris and the exact number of people inside the collapsed building at the time of the disaster is unknown.


It is reported that the owner of the building, Mohammed Sohel Rana, ignored warnings about cracks appearing in the building and insisted that staff report to work. Having originally sought to flee the country Rana is now under arrest and is likely to face serious criminal charges, having been caught in the western border town of Benapole. Bangladesh has one of the


biggest garment industries in the world, and textiles account for over 75% of its exports and


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