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Water at Bangladesh factory tested

06 June 2013, 10:00

Dhaka — About 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Bangladesh's capital, and a doctor said on Thursday the water supply was suspected.

Investigators from the government's health ministry were testing the water for possible contamination, area's civil surgeon Syed Habibullah said. The Starlight Sweater Factory gets its water from an underground reservoir.

The factory employs about 6 000 people in Gazipur near Dhaka.

Habibullah said the sick workers suffered from vomiting, nausea and upset stomachs starting about two hours into their shifts on Wednesday. They were given mainly saline at hospitals and those who were improving left by Thursday.

The factory was shut down on Wednesday but reopened on Thursday.

A building collapse near Dhaka last month killed 1 129 workers, injured others and highlighted the hazardous working conditions in thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh.

- AP

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