Bangladeshi factory shuts down after cracks in walls
DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities Wednesday shut down an eight-storey factory complex after cracks appeared in a wall, triggering panic among thousands of garment workers who feared the building would collapse, police and officials said.
The cracks were similar to those that appeared in the nearby Rana Plaza factory complex before it collapsed in April, killing 1,129 people in the country’s worst industrial disaster, the officials said.
Kamrul Hasan Molla, chief government official of the Dhaka suburb of Savar, said factory owners suspended production and inspectors have since sealed off the building as a precaution.
“We visited the complex and sealed it off until it is investigated and cleared by the experts,” Molla told AFP.
At least two factories were housed in the Razzaq Plaza complex employing some 5,000 workers, local police chief Mostafa Kamal told AFP.
Bangladesh, with some 4,500 garment plants, is the world’s second largest clothing exporter, making clothes for top Western retailers including Walmart, Tesco, Carrefour and H&M. afp