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article imageOver 140 workers fall ill at two Bangladesh garment factories

By Layne Weiss     Jun 18, 2013 in World
Dhaka - More than 140 workers, mostly women, fell ill Sunday at two different garment factories in Bangladesh. They all reportedly drank contaminated water, police said.
Police Inspector Humayum Kabir said "at least 141" workers were rushed to one hospital. Other workers were sent to another hospital. and the factories were closed for the day. "Primarily we suspect the water supplies of the factories could be contaminated," Kabir said according to The Voice of Russia.
Officials said the workers were making garments for Western labels when they fell ill, but did not identify the brands.
Sunday's events occurred two weeks after 600 workers fell ill at another garment factory, also from drinking contaminated water.
Tragedy struck Bangladesh in November when a clothing factory set fire killing 112 workers.
Then in April, a building housing five garment factories collapsed killing 1,129 people, showcasing highly dangerous conditions in Bangladesh's 4,500 garment factories. "Miracle survivor" Reshma Begum was pulled from the rubble after spending 17 days buried beneath the rubble. She chose not to return to the garment industry and instead took a job at a hotel.
Clothes made in Bangladesh factories are commonly sold in the west, but these incidents have put "Made-In-Bangladesh" clothes under scrutiny, The Voice of Russia reports.
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