200 RMG workers fall sick after drinking water

Our Correspondent . Gazipur

About 200 apparel workers, mostly women folks, fell sick after drinking water at a canteen of an apparel factory in the district’s Konabari industrial area on Wednesday.
The sick workers were admitted to local hospitals, police and witnesses said.
The dressmakers, employed at Keya Knight Composite Garment, owned by Khaleq Group of industries, agitated as their fellows got sick. They also blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway for an hour.
The authorities shut the factory for the day and that police took control.
Gazipur industrial police inspector Rokanuzzaman and Konabari police post sub-inspector Mobarak said the seamstresses took their breakfast as usual at the factory canteen.
Some felt nausea while some started vomiting and other felt cramps in their abdomen, after an hour, the workers said.
Some said it was probably contaminated water, sample of which has been sent to Dhaka for examination.
Factory authorities admitted the sick workers to Sharif General Hospital, Konabari clinic, Popular Hospital, Haque general hospital and other clinics.
Early on May 3, one worker had died and some 300 others fell sick after drinking contaminated water at Supreme Knitwear in Adamjee EPZ area.

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