Bangladesh Collapse Shows Cost of Cheap Clothes

With more than 1,100 people dead in a massive Bangladesh garment factory collapse, the spotlight on international clothing retailers' role in the industry's often abysmal work conditions is ever-brighter. Some, like Zara and H&M, are signing an agreement drafted by labor rights groups to help pay for fire and safety renovations in any Bangladeshi factories where their clothes are made. Those moves come just as the search for survivors of the collapse in Dhaka ended, leaving the death toll at 1,127 — making the building collapse the world's deadliest industrial accident since the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India. One rare joyful discovery was made in the accident's aftermath on Friday last week, when Reshma Begum, 19, was found alive and relatively unscathed after 17 days buried in the rubble of the building.

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