More than 90 people have been killed and hundreds injured after an eight-storey building containing factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
One of the clothing factories in the building, located in Savar, was manufacturing garments for UK retailer Primark.
The company released the following statement in the wake of the incident:
The company is shocked and deeply saddened by this appalling incident at Savar, near Dhaka, and expresses its condolences to all of those involved.
Primark confirms that one of its suppliers occupied the second floor of the eight-storey building, which housed several suppliers to the garment industry making clothing for a number of brands.
Primark has been engaged for several years with NGOs and other retailers to review the Bangladeshi industry’s approach to factory standards. Primark will push for this review to also include building integrity.
Meanwhile Primark's ethical trade team is at this moment working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from, and to provide support where possible.
There were believed to be two thousand people inside the building when it collapsed, many young women, and workers claim factory owners ignored warnings that the block was unsafe after cracks was detected on Tuesday.
Paul Davies reports: