Following the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza complex
in late April, an inspection team from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology found that at least 10% of the 200 factories they checked were structurally dangerous
. As participation in this survey was voluntary, it is expected that the rate of unsafe buildings will be higher in the remaining 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. The terrible conditions that workers have to endure were further exemplified by the hospitalisation of over 400 garment workers
earlier in the week due to contaminated drinking water.
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