24 Apr '13, 5pm

The human cost of cheap fashion: Bangladesh Factory Collapse kills almost 100, injures thousands. Our hearts go out.

One firefighter told Reuters that around 2,000 people were in the building when the upper floors caved into those below. Mohammad Asaduzzaman, the local police chief, said factory owners appeared to have ignored a warning to keep their employees out of the building after a crack was detected in the block on Tuesday. Labor activists who entered the site found labels of several major retailers, including Mango, Primark, C&A, and Walmart. Rana Plaza contained five garment factories, employing mostly women, including Ether Tex Ltd., whose chairman said he was unaware of any warnings not to open the workshops. “There was some crack at the second floor, but my factory was on the fifth floor,” Muhammad Anisur Rahman told the wire service. “The owner of the building told our floor manager that it is not a problem and so you can open the factory.” Labor activists who managed to ent...

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