Accident: Savar building collapse
|born on||24 April 2013 at 08:45 (= 08:45 AM )|
|Place||Savar, Bangladesh, 23n5046, 90e1527|
|Timezone||R5T h6e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||04°05' 11°11 Asc. 25°14'|
An eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. Approximately 2,500 people were injured. At least 2,500 people were rescued from the building alive. The search for the dead ended on 13 May with the death toll of 1,127.
It is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest structural failure in modern human history (excluding the collapse of the World Trade Center, which was the aftermath of a deliberate act of violence).
The building, Rana Plaza, was owned by Sohel Rana, leader of the local Jubo League, the youth wing of the ruling Awami League. It housed a number of separate garment factories employing around 5,000 people, several shops, and a bank. The factories manufactured apparel for brands including Bennetton, Bonmarché, Cato Fashions, the Children's Place, el Corte Ingles, DressBarn, Joe Fresh, Mango, Matalan, Monsoon, and Primark. Walmart claims that they had no authorised production in the building, although one of the Rana Plaza factories, Ether Tex, listed Walmart as a customer.
The building collapsed at 8.45 am, leaving only the ground floor intact. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president confirmed that 3,122 workers were in the building at the time of the collapse. One local resident described the scene as if "an earthquake had struck."
One of the garment manufacturers' websites indicates that more than half of the victims were women, along with a number of their children who were in nursery facilities within the building. Bangladeshi Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir confirmed that army, fire service personnel, police and Rapid Action Battalion troops were assisting with the rescue effort. On 10 May, 17 days after the collapse, a woman named Reshma was found and rescued alive and almost unhurt under the rubble.
data from Wikipedia article, and other news sources
- Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (illegally constructed textile factory building collapsed)
- Mundane : Disasters : Other Disasters (1127 dead in building collaps)