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Walmart 'troubled' over gutted Bangladesh garment factory subcontracting without authorization

Fire killed more than 100 people last weekend

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Dhaka, Nov. 27 (ANI): US retailer Walmart has said that it is 'troubled' that a supplier subcontracted work without authorization to a factory has been hit by a lethal fire in Bangladesh, adding that it was cutting ties with the supplier.

The fire at the Tazreen Fashions plant outside the capital, Dhaka, killed more than 100 people last weekend.

According to the BBC, Walmart did not name its supplier, which it said had subcontracted work 'in direct violation of our policies'.

"The fact that this occurred is extremely troubling to us, and we will continue to work across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh," the firm said in a statement.

Witnesses said the building in which the blaze occurred lacked emergency exits. A number of people died as they tried to escape from windows.

Workers and relatives of those who died vented their anger on Monday, as thousands protested in Dhaka , demanding better protection, the report said.

Lax safety standards, poor wiring and overcrowding are blamed for causing several deadly factory fires every year.

"This disastrous fire incident was a result of continuing neglect of workers' safety and their welfare," Amirul Haque Amin, the president of Bangladesh's National Garment Workers Federation, said.

"Whenever a fire or accident occurs, the government sets up an investigation and the authorities - including factory owners - pay out some money and hold out assurances to improve safety standards and working conditions. But they never do it," he added. (ANI)

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