87 killed in Dhaka building collapse

  • At least 87 people were killed on Wednesday after an eight-storey building housing garment factories collapsed outside the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. More than 1,000 people were injured in the collapse in Savar.

    It has been reported that cracks had been discovered in the building prior to the incident, but owners dismissed the concerns of the employees.

    Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir stated the building had violated construction codes, adding that the "the culprits would be punished".

    Hundreds of people remain trapped inside after the building collapsed at 9am local time. The collapse has again raised questions over safety standards in Bangladesh’s garments industry.

    However, factory owners maintain safety standards have improved in recent years. According to activists with the Amsterdam-based Clean Clothes Campaign, labels from European and American brands were found at the scene.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared today as a national day of mourning in memory of the victims.

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