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Bangladesh garment factory fire 'leaves 21 dead'


At least 21 people have been killed and some 50 injured in a fire at a clothes factory in Bangladesh, reports say.

Rescuers had recovered dozens of injured people from the blaze at the Garib & Garib Sweater Factory, fire officials told local TV stations.

The factory is located in Gazipur, some 50km (30 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka.

Lax safety standards and poor wiring cause several fatal factory fires every year in Bangladesh.

The fire broke out on the factory's second floor late on Thursday, trapping dozens of workers who were knitting jumpers, fire officials told AFP news agency.

It blazed for two hours before it was brought under control, reports say.

The textile industry in Bangladesh employs more than two million people, and produces clothes for some of the world's biggest brands.

Bangladesh has more than 4,000 factories, and ready-made garments account for most of the country's export earnings.

The minimum wage in Bangladesh is less than $25 (£15) per month.

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