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Bangladesh ship workers die from toxic gas, say police

Police in Bangladesh say four workers have died and two others are ill after inhaling toxic gas while dismantling a vessel at a ship breaking yard.

The workers were inside a scrapped vessel at a yard in the Chittagong region on Sunday evening.

Their deaths come just days after two other labourers died in a similar incident at another yard.

Environmentalists say Bangladesh has become a dumping ground for ageing ships with hazardous materials.

Our Bangladesh correspondent Anbarasan Ethirajan reports from Dhaka.

  • 18 Oct 2011