Recovering from the garment factor fire

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jan 10 2013, 07:00:01

Government promises action but labour groups say major retailers must invest in safety and clear up opaque supply chains

The fire is out and the stench of burnt yarn no longer hangs in the air. But Rukiya Begum, 45, is drawn to the scorched shell of the Tazreen Fashions factory every day. The worst industrial fire in the history of Bangladesh killed at least 123 people on 24 November, including Rukiya's daughter, Hena, aged 19.

Following the blaze at the garment factory in the Ashulia industrial area 24km north of the capital Dhaka, the Bangladesh government scrambled to provide compensation to the families of victims, aware that the fire would come as a major blow to the image of the country as a leading garment exporter.

Each victim's family was allocated 600,000 taka (£4,500), but Rukiya says she hasn't received any money. Hena, her only daughter, is among 54 bodies that were charred beyond recognition.

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