Bangladesh Mourns 111 Workers Killed In the Country’s Worst Industrial Blaze

Category: World / Nov 27, 2012 10:10AM EDT
Bangladesh mourned the 111 textile workers on Tuesday (November 27) killed in the country's worst industrial blaze. Fire consumed Tazreen Fashions multi-story factory building on Saturday (November 24). More than 150 workers were injured. Relatives looked on as the bodies of those killed were loaded into trucks before being moved to the graveyard for burial. Hundreds of people were at the graveyard in Dhaka for the burials and took part in mass prayers for the victims. All of Bangladesh's garment factories closed as the nation observed a day of mourning. The fire has put a spotlight on global retailers that source clothes from Bangladesh, where the cost of labor is low - as little as $37 a month for some workers - and rights groups have called on big-brand firms to sign up to a fire safety program. At least 500 people have died in garment factory accidents in Bangladesh since 2006. Bangladesh has about 4,500 garment factories and is the world's biggest exporter of clothing after China, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports.