On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building in Savar 15 miles (24 Km) to the northwest of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed with hundreds of garment workers employed in factories that supplied high-street shops in the west, trapped inside.
Before the fatal accident, workers had repeatedly complained that the building was cracking open, but the management simply ignored their complaints. Sol Rana, the owner of the building was arrested.
On Friday morning (May 10), officials said about 2,500 people were injured in the accident and 2,437 people were rescued. A total of 1,021 bodies have been recovered
from the debris and almost 650 identified so far and handed over to the families of the deceased. Many people are still missing.
A few hours after officials had announced the death toll as 1021, the recovery teams who had long given up any hope of finding any more survivors were shocked to hear at 15:15 local time (10:15 GMT), the voice of a woman calling for help from the debris of the second floor of the Rana Plaza. Immediately rescue workers were ordered to stop clearing the site.
The Bangladesh army has confirmed the news, naming the rescued woman as Reshma. The woman was taken to hospital and did not seem to have any significant injuries.
- 2013 Savar building collapse (en.wikipedia.org)
- Dhaka: many dead as garment factory building that supplied west collapses (guardian.co.uk)
- Bangladesh factory collapse toll passes 1,000 (bbc.co.uk)
- Dhaka building collapse: Woman pulled alive from rubble (bbc.co.uk)
- Finding woman alive lifts Bangladesh rescuers (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Woman Found Alive After 17 Days | SKY News (andrewazzopardi.org)