Dhaka, April 24: An eight storied building collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 700 on Wednesday morning. Fire fighters and army personnel are trying to rescue people who are trapped inside the collapsed building.
The collapsed building houses mainly garment industry, banks and several other shops. A survivor was quoted as saying to Somoy TV, "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. 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."
Building collapses are frequent in Bangladesh as many multi storied buildings violate safety standards. Police said to the local media that factory owners ignored their warnings after cracks were detected in the building.
The police also told that the rear part of the building suddenly started collapsing on Wednesday morning and within a short while, the whole building except main pillar and parts of the front wall slumped.
Bangladesh has been one of the major exporters of textile products next to China. However, many garment factories lack safety standards.
Posted by Robin