'Contaminated water' makes Dhaka workers sick

At least 140 garment workers taken ill after drinking suspected contaminated water in their work place, police say.

     The incidents follow the collapse of a building housing garment factories that killed 1,129 people [Al Jazeera]
    The incidents follow the collapse of a building housing garment factories that killed 1,129 people [Al Jazeera]

    More than 140 workers, mostly women, at two Bangladeshi garment factories near the capital Dhaka have fallen ill after drinking suspected contaminated water in their workplace, police said.

    Sunday's development comes less than two weeks after up to 600 workers at another garment plant were rushed to hospital after falling sick due to contaminated water.

    Humayun Kabir, a police inspector, told the AFP news agency that several garment workers fell sick at two garment plants at Joydevpur, an industrial town north of Dhaka.

    "At least 141 of them were rushed to one hospital. Some others were taken to other hospitals. The factories were closed for the day," he said.

    "Primarily we suspect the water supply of the factories could be contaminated," he added.

    The incidents follow the collapse of a building housing five garment factories in April that killed 1,129 people, highlighting appalling safety conditions in Bangladesh's 4,500 garment factories.

    A series of tragedies since last November when a fire killed 111 people in another factory have triggered renewed scrutiny of "made-in-Bangladesh" clothes commonly sold in the West.

    Officials said the workers were engaged in making garments for Western labels, but did not immediately identify the brands.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Will you push the boundaries or play it safe?

    Curate an art exhibition and survive Thailand's censorship crackdown in this interactive game.