An eight-story building, Rana Plaza, housing several Bangladesh garment factories collapsed today. Some of the factories in the building in Savar, a suburb of the Bangladesh capital, reportedly manufacture clothing sold by Mango of Spain, Benetton of Italy, British brand Primark, US brands C&A and Wal-Mart, and German brand KIK. More than 87 people are feared dead, and the number of people still buried in the debris is currently unclear, a police official told WWD.
The building housed several garment factories where more than 2,500 people worked, according to officials from the Bangladesh Manufacturers and Exporters Association. This comes just six months after more than 111 workers were killed in a fire at Tazreen Fashion Ltd, a factory in the Ashulia district of Dhaka in Bangladesh, and about four months after 7 were killed and more than 50 were injured after a fire at the Smart Export garment factory in Bangladesh, which reportedly make clothes for Zara’s parent company, Inditex.