A building near Bangladesh's capital that housed several garment factories collapsed Wednesday morning, killing at least 80 people and injuring hundreds more, USA Today reports.
The collapse draws attention to the unsafe conditions of Bangladesh's garment industry, and comes just months after a fire at another factory killed 112 people. Workers report being nervous to enter the building after multiple cracks were discovered yesterday, even after managers assured workers there was no problem. During a visit to the collapse site, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir said that those responsible for the violation of buildings codes would be found and punished.
Health Minister A.F.M. Ruhal Haque said that at least 80 people died in the collapse, and that at least 600 more were injured, the New York Times reports. Crews worked with machinery and bare hands to move the rubble, and see if any survivors remained buried.
The collapse is another tragedy in the Bangladesh garment industry, which supplies clothes for retails giants like Walmart, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, and Gap. Many have criticized the working conditions in Bangladesh, where labor costs are the lowest in the world. The fire in November brought to light to terrible working conditions of these factories, after managers told workers the fire alarm was just a drill. Companies like Walmart that outsource their labor to Bangladesh have denied any knowledge of the working conditions in the country, placing the blame on subcontractors within the industry.