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Bangladesh: Gazipur Cotton Mill Catches Fire

Another fire broke out in Gazipur, Bangladesh this week, this time at a cotton mill.

According to Bangladesh’s Financial Express, a ground-floor yarn warehouse of the two-storey building housing Fermosa Poly Cotton BD Limited caught fire Monday, and the blaze soon engulfed the entire factory, burning yarn, machinery and other valuables.

It took five fire-fighting units and local aid two hours to bring the fire under control. No further details on injuries or damage have been reported.

The fire is the second reported in a week as another broke out on the first floor of Kader Synthetic Fibres Limited at Konabari in Gazipur Saturday, and reports referred to the blaze as “devastating,” though casualties or the full extent of the damage have not been reported.

Bangladesh had been working toward revamping its ready made garment (RMG) sector, implementing laws on safety, eliminating taxes on the requisite equipment and training workers on proper safety measures, but the latest fires and present political unrest that has resulted in a 20-day blockade aren’t likely to cast the sector in a positive light.

Ongoing turmoil between Bangladesh’s two major political parties, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and the Awami League led to a transportation blockade that is impeding imports and exports in the country.

According to industry stakeholders, the country’s largest foreign currency-earning sector has already suffered as much as a 20 to 25 percent loss in production during the non-stop blockade and political impasses, the Financial Express reported.