87 Dead in Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
(ABC) — An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital Wednesday morning, killing at least 87 people and trapping many more in a jumbled mess of shattered concrete and bricks, officials said.
The collapse stirred memories of a fatal fire at a garment factory in November that killed 112 people and raised an outcry about safety in the nation’s $20 billion-a-year textile industry, which produces clothing for global fashion brands worn around the world.
Workers in the Rana Plaza building said it had developed such severe cracks the day before that it had been reported on local news channels. They hesitated to enter the building Wednesday morning, said Abdur Rahim, who worked in a garment factory on the fifth floor.
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