Three days after the collapse of an eight storrey building in Bangladesh injured people are still being found in the ruins. Heavy machinery is in the area, ready for when the mission turns from search and rescue into recovery. Until then rescuers are carefully using some heavy machinery when necessary.
The building was originally five storreys high. That height was approved by planners. Three extra storreys were unofficially added, no doubt for economic purposes. When four days ago a huge crack appeared in the building the owners were ordered to keep the building closed. Clothing workers' bosses demanded that their staff worked as normal. You may wonder why the staff did not simply refuse to work that day; in a country with few rights and a great deal of poverty the workers had no real choice. In the end they paid a huge price.
Sunday the media reports that three factory bosses and two engineers have been arrested in connection with the building collapse. The three factory bosses arrested included Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels, Mahmudur Rahman Tapash, the company chairman, and Aminul Islam, chairman of Phantom Apparels reports Sky News. The engineers have not been named.
There are reports of people still trapped receiving food and liquid supplies from the rescue services. These items are being passed down to those trapped by way of ropes. The stench of rotting corpses means that the heavy machinery will have to do their work soon or diseases will strike. A difficult choice for all, as hundreds of people are still missing.
A fire which started Sunday temporarily halted rescue efforts. Machinery being used to cut through a steel rod sparked a fire. Three people are reported injured in the incident and emergency services are at the scene.
The current death toll from the building collapse is 377. The businesses housed in the huge building had 3,122 staff. How many were in the building when it collapsed is not known. However 2,500 survivors have been accounted for, many injured.
The Bangladeshi clothing industry is big business with an estimated worth of $20bn (£13bn) a year. The workers are paid a pittance.
Primark a retailer that sells clothes and more in the U.K, which are priced ridiculously low, have confirmed that their products are made in the damaged factories. Spain's Mango also confirmed using the factories. Protesters lobbied Primark's flagship store in London Saturday demanding they pay the affected workers compensation.
We all love to bag a bargain and seldom consider what is the real price of the goods. If they are dirt cheap then the odds are that some person or persons have not had a fair deal.
Should we all have more of a conscience about what we buy, who made the goods and where? Five factories operated from the eight story building producing cheap goods for the western market.
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