Earthquakes Shake Vulnerable Garment Factories

The Recent tremors felt by Bangladesh following the earthquakes in Nepal and North and Northeastern India has left the capital city Dhaka in the grip of fear and uncertainty. Among all fears and uncertainty, the vulnerable workers of garment factories are worst affected, fearing for their lives on a month when they remember the loss of thousands of their fellow workers in the infamous Rana Plaza Tragedy.

After cracks were spotted at the factories

After cracks were spotted at the factories

More than 200 workers of at least 15 garment factories at Savar have been injured while trying to flee their factories after feeling the jolts on Sunday’s earthquake. The injured workers have been admitted to the local clinics and hospitals, undergoing treatment.

Moreover, workers complained that some of the factories which claim to be “compliant” has developed cracks on them during the earthquakes, and the owners of these factories (Glory Fashions and Madonna Fahions, Banani, Shoinik Club) are pushing workers into their buildings to resume work. Workers fear that a repetition of 2013’s Rana Plaza incident is not unlikely if adequate checks are not made over the safety of these buildings after these recent tremors across the country.

Many factories have been going through the same situation where cracks have developed which were previously not there before these tremors. With thousands of machines and huge generators operating to keep production going, it is more important than ever to inspect these factories again in the changed circumstances to see if they are in order and can keep production on in safe conditions.
RISE Society.
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