Bangladesh gov't offers compensation to victims of garment factory fire

The Bangladesh government says it will give 200,000 takas ($2,500) to the families of those who died in a garment factory fire last week and 50,000 takas ($625) to those who were injured.

An aide to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, told The Associated Press on Saturday of the new offer of compensation. The garment industry had earlier promised to pay the families of the victims a monthly salary for at least 10 years.

The fire killed 112 people and put renewed focus on the lack of proper safety precautions at some of the nation's 4,000 garment factories.