It is saddening to see loss of so many lives in the 8-storey building collapse in Dhaka. The building apparently housed several factories and a bank, and was getting full of workers near 9 am when the steel and concrete structure collapsed, killing nearly a hundred with lots more injured from the nearly 2,000 people who worked within the building.
It is saddening to note that a huge crack had been noticed yesterday, and people were specifically warned not to use the building, but somehow the need to earn the daily bread and the factory owners' rationale to recover their investment ignored such good counsel. Today, the spot is like the scene of an earthquake, with people injured and dead and wailing and weeping.
There is no machinery for heavy lifting to lift the rubble.
Bangladesh is a developing nation, full of enterprising and hard-working people. A sympathetic gesture for the Western nations who import the manufactured goods from Bangladesh would be to offer investment for buildings provided they are built to high specifications, thereby ensuring peoples' safety and well-being.
May God's blessings be upon the relatives and friends of the people who have died in this tragedy.