At least 194 people were killed when the 8-storey building of a Bangladesh garment plant collapsed and turned into a mangled pile of concrete. The disaster at Rana Plaza in Savar near Dhaka comes soon after a blaze killed 112 people in a garment unit. The latest mishap underscores the unsafe conditions faced by Bangladesh's garment workers, who produce clothes for brands worn globally. Some companies had retail giants such as Wal-Mart as customers.
The building had been declared unsafe by the local industrial police just a day before the collapse and the owners asked to shut it down. But the warnings had gone unheeded as the units kept on working. Rescuers, rummaging through the maze of rubble for survivors and corpses, worked all night but it is still not clear how many casualties have been there.