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Bangladesh Building Collapses, Kills At Least 87

Paige Brettingen |
April 24, 2013 | 10:52 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

An eight-story building that housed garment factories near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 87.

The Washington Post reported that workers noticed large cracks in the walls on Tuesday and expressed hesitation to enter the building:

  • Abdur Rahim, who worked on the fifth floor, said a factory manager gave assurances that there was no problem, so employees went inside.
  • “After about an hour or so, the building collapsed suddenly,” Rahim said. He next remembered regaining consciousness outside.
  • On a visit to the site, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir told reporters the building had violated construction codes and “the culprits would be punished.”

The businesses that occupied the building included Phantom Apparels Ltd., New Wave Style Ltd., New Wave Bottoms Ltd. and New Wave Brothers Ltd., which make clothing for brands including The Children’s Place and Dress Barn.

According to the BBC, more than 600 have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise. Firefighters and army personnel have spearheaded the rescue operation. It is not yet clear what caused the collapse.


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