This is so tragic!!!
A garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing almost 90 people, injuring hundreds of others, and many of the 2,000 people who reported to work that day are still trapped beneath the rubble!
The 8-story building, located in a suburb near the capital city of Dhaka, exhibited signs of damage on Tuesday when several cracks were discovered, but employees were still told to report to work on Wednesday.
This particular disaster comes only 5 months after another garment factory in the country caught on fire and resulted in 111 deaths.
Bangladesh's garment industry has been growing rapidly over the past several years and is second only to China in the world.
Well-known brands such as H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, and retailers like Walmart and Sears have outsourced the production of goods to the country thanks to its labor costs, which are the lowest in the world.
Even as the industry grows, government officials and factory owners have not done enough to ensure that the buildings that house the workers are safe and up to code.
Alonzo Suson of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, a labor rights group, spoke of the construction problems in the country, saying:
“It is substandard construction, shortcut construction. There was already a crack in the building.”
It's crazy that people were still told to made to go to work after the crack was discovered.
We can only hope that the workers trapped in the rubble are rescued quickly, and that buildings throughout the country are thoroughly inspected to prevent something like this from happening again!
[Image via AP Images.]
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