Disaster struck in India this week as an eight story building housing several garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh collapsed. On Tuesday, workers were evacuated after a cr-ack appeared in the wall, however, at the urging of supervisors, who stated the building had been checked and declared safe, the employees returned to work the following day, reports Vogue News. At the time of the incident, a reported 100 people were killed, over a thousand injured and hundreds were still trapped. As the story continued to unfold, the most recent death toll, as reported by Guardian UK , has risen to 352 with 900 people still missing.
According to Fashionista, the building housed four garment factories, New Wave Style, Ether Tex, Canton Tech Apparel and New Wave Bottoms, which allegedly produced clothing for the labels MANGO, Joe Fresh, Benetton, Primark, C&A, Dress Barn, KIK and Wal-Mart. Joe Fresh and Primark have admitted to using the factory as well as express their horror and gave their word to ‘look into’ what caused the incident. Wal-Mart on the other hand is “investigating whether the factory was currently producing items for the company.” While Benetton and MANGO have denied the factory as their suppliers.
To compensate the victims and families the government has stepped, reports WWD. To the victims, 5 million takas ($70,500), while families of the dead will receive 20,000 takas ($250) and 5,000 takas ($65) to those injured.
They have also made progress in apprehending the liable parties, reports Huffington Post. Bazlus Samad, the chairman of New Wave Buttons and New Wave Style factories, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash, a managing director of one of the plants, were arrested. As well as 2 engineers, who are believe to have played a role in the building’s construction. Mohammed Sohel Rana, the owner of the building, remains at large.