By  on April 24, 2013

More than 87 people are feared dead as Rana Plaza, an eight-story building in the town of Savar, a suburb of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, collapsed without warning at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The building housed several garment factories where more than 2,500 people worked, according to officials from the Bangladesh Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

The number of people still buried in the debris was still unclear at the end of the day, a police official told WWD. He said that the building collapsed so quickly that there had been little time for people to reach safety. The fire department and other official agencies have been working to find and rescue survivors from the building that eye witnesses have described as a ‘mess of cement and stone, all piled untidily together’.

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