A fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Saturday, killing at least 100 people in the country's worst factory blaze ever. Working conditions at Bangladeshi factories are notoriously poor, with little enforcement of safety laws, and overcrowding and locked fire doors are common. The cause of this fire was not immediately known. Witnesses said the workers, mostly women, tried to escape, but many were unable to get through narrow exits at the same time. Bangladesh has about 4,500 garment factories and is the world's biggest exporter of clothing after China, with garments making up 80 percent of its $24 billion annual exports.
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