ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Rana Plaza building collapse has left hundreds dead in Savar, Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza building collapsed today April 24, 2013 killing as many as 100 people. Search and rescue is still underway.
The cause of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Savar remains unknown, Bangladeshi officials tell news today. But fire officials report that the death toll could grow quickly. Representatives tell local news that there were as many as 2,000 people in the building when the collapse occurred today.
Witnesses report a sudden break in the upper floors’ structural elements. The top floors began to pancake down. The building housed garment workers, many women. Ether Tex Ltd. tells Reuters that its employees were inside.
The building located outside of Dhaka was filled with many young female textile workers when the tragedy erupted. But there were warning signs. Witnesses noted cracking in the building yesterday. Many told their bosses they did not want to go into the budding. But a factory manager wrongly assured them of their safety.
Tenants in the building included Phantom Apparels Ltd., New Wave Style Ltd., New Wave Bottoms Ltd. and New Wave Brothers Ltd. garment factories. A news briefing is expected later today. Officials fear that as many as 800 persons are injured.