At least ten people were killed and up to 50 injured after a boiler exploded at a garment factory in Bangladesh on Monday, authorities said.
Dozens of labourers were on site at the facility in an industrial district outside the capital, Dhaka, when a blast tore through the six-storey building, causing its walls and a roof to collapse.
According to factory director Mesba Faruqui, the main site was closed on Monday but a group of workers were overseeing maintenance of the boiler.
The company said the plant was functioning well and the boiler, procured from Germany, had just been serviced. The factory had been shut for 10 days for the Eid period at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and was being readied to resume operations from Tuesday.
The factory is owned by textiles manufacturer Multifabs, which makes clothing for mostly European brands according to its website.