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11:00 PM, October 08, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, October 08, 2009

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3 workers killed in Ctg mishap

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Three workers were killed at a ship-breaking yard in South Sonaichhari of Sitakunda upazila yesterday morning.
They were identified as Nasir Uddin, 35, of South Gohira under Anwara upazila, Nahid, 22, of Sonaichhari, and Hazrat Ali, 26, of Gaibandha upazila. All were workers of Crystal Ship-breaking Yard owned by Nawshad Hasan.
The workers were under the shelter of a large iron-plate when it was raining accompanied by gusty winds around 9:30am. At one point the winds blew the plate down leaving them dead on the spot, said Sub Inspector Hasan of Sitakunda Police Station.
Police recovered their bodies and sent them to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Around 30 thousand workers are making their living at about 40 ship-breaking yards in the coastal belt of Sitakunda upazila.
Lack of safety measures is reportedly responsible for accidents claiming workers' lives and injuring them at yards every year.
With this incident, the death toll reaches to 12 this year, sources said.
A total of 18 workers were killed in 2006 and 2007 while 15 in 2008, which shows increasing number of casualties.

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