Three hundred garment workers in an industrial zone near Dhaka, Bangladesh, have stopped operating June 22 following increasingly violent demonstrations by workers demanding higher pay. The workers said the last pay hike they received was in 2006.
Meanwhile, approximately 150,000 people were stranded by heavy floods caused by several weeks of heavy rains in northeast Bangladesh. Water levels are still rising and causing major damages to crops, a Bangladeshi official told Agence France-Presse. Communication lines were cut in some areas, the official added.