Bangladesh's Burning Problem Alarms Globalization

Topics: Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Awami League Pages: 4 (1239 words) Published: May 14, 2013
Bangladesh's Burning Problem alarms Globalization

On November 24th, 2012, Bangladesh’s garment industry was badly dented when a deadly fire broke out in a factory named “Tazreen” on the outskirts of Dhaka, killing an estimated 112 people who were sewing clothing for Wal-Mart, Sears, Sean “Diddy” Combs' Enyce label, Disney and others. (cite source) The incident, the worst ever that the industry has seen, occurred in the busy winter season when factories are working round the clock to meet springtime orders. The fire started in a warehouse on the ground floor that was used to store yarn, and quickly spread to the upper floors. The building was nine stories high, with the top three floors under construction, according to a garment industry official at the scene who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. Though most workers had left for the day when the fire started, the industry official said, as many as 600 workers were still inside working overtime. Most of the workers who died were on the first and second floors, fire officials said, and were killed because there were not enough exits. “So the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building,” said Maj. Mohammad Mahbub, the operations director for the Fire Department, according to The Associated Press. In a telephone interview later on Sunday, Major Mahbub said “the fire could have been caused by an electrical fault or by a spark from a cigarette.”(cite your source) While Dhaka's The Independent newspaper reported Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as saying that "It is not an accident. It is a preplanned incident," alluding to sabotage by unnamed conspiratorial forces; the High Court has ordered an independent probe into what caused the devastating fire. Two major considerations have been taken into account that what caused the disaster. Firstly, taking a cue from the prime minister, the police have suggested...
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