A building has collapsed in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, killing at least 70 people. A further 200 people were injured in the collapse and emergency services are working hard to free those trapped under the debris. They have been joined by members of the military.
Sadly the region is no stranger to lethal building collapses. Flagrant disregard for any building regulations has led to similar tragedies.
The building was a hive of activity normally. An eight-story building it housed a clothing factory, a bank and several other shops. As always with such events timing is crucial. The building collapsed during the morning rush hour. Has this helped to minimise the fatalities and injured or made matters worse? Even so it appears to be a terrible disaster. There will have been casualties from outside of the building also.
Loved ones have gathered close to the area hoping to hear good news. Impromptu blood donors also rushed to the scene. The local hospital is overwhelmed with the injured and is struggling to treat patients. Amm manner of people have joined in the rescue efforts. Kudos to them but they need to watch out for safety concerns.
Local reports claim the building developed a crack Tuesday and its owners were told to keep the property closed. It looks like they failed to act and others have paid a huge price. Bosses were warned about the crack in the building but they still allowed their employees to work today. Greed as always overrules all other matters.
The BBC reports that survivors have described their horror as the building toppled ""I was in the cutting section of the garment factory and suddenly we heard a huge noise and the building collapsed within a few minutes," a garment worker told private Somoy TV. "I removed the rubble and came out with two other workers. But at least 30 other workers in my cutting section were still unaccounted for," he said." Terrifying.
Bangladesh has a thriving garment manufacturing industry. Workers are paid a pittance and the goods supply cheap products in the West. Next time we spot a "bargain" or shop at Primark perhaps we should question where the goods were made, and by whom.
The death toll is now 87. Rescuers are using whatever they can get their hands on to help. The latest estimate is that around 2,000 people were in the building. Many remain trapped
Rescue workers and volunteers are still working to free the injured and recover the dead. It remains a search and rescue effort at least for now. The BBC reports the death toll has risen to at least 200. It could rise further. Volunteers are helping those trapped in the debris escape and many slid down makeshift slides made from lengths of material.
There was jubilation when it was reported that 40 people had been found alive, holed up in a room in the wrecked building. It was later revised to 24 people but still good news.
Sadly the latest death toll is 250 with 1,000 people injured