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Bangladesh factory blast death toll rises to 10

Bangladeshi workers take part in a search and rescue operation at a destroyed garment factory in Gazipur on July 4, after a boiler explosion at the complex on the outskirts of Dhaka. (AFP)

The death toll from a blast at a Bangladesh garment factory has risen to 10 after two victims died in hospital, authorities said Tuesday, warning there could be more casualties. Dozens of workers were inside the factory on the outskirts of Dhaka when the boiler exploded on Monday evening, causing a section of the sixstorey building to collapse.

The explosion, which occurred when most workers were off for the Eid holidays, is the latest disaster to hit the country’s $30-billion garment industry.

In April 2013, the nine-storey Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people in one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. “We were meant to open the factory today after the Eid holiday so we were checking the equipment yesterday,” said operations director Mesba Faruqui. “If it had happened today, God forbid, there might have been more casualties.” The plant in the Gazipur industrial district is owned by textiles manufacturer Multifabs, which makes clothing for brands including Littlewoods and Aldi, according to its website. (AFP)

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