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100 workers fall sick at Bangladeshi garment factory

Dhaka: Around 100 workers fell ill on Saturday at a garment factory on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital here, a police official said.

The workers belonging to Keya Knit Composite Factory were mostly women, and were hospitalised when they started vomiting and reported stomach pains shortly after joining work in the morning, Xinhua reported, citing the police official.

No spokesperson of the factory was available for comment.

According to the police official, the workers were out of danger and many had already been discharged from the hospitals they had been admitted to.

“We’ve collected water samples and sent them to a laboratory for testing,” he said.

Such incidents happen mainly due to water contamination, the official said.

In June 2013, nearly 500 workers of a garment factory in Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka were hospitalised after drinking contaminated water.