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Bangladesh Factory Collapse - 24 Apr 2014
Images of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, which took place on 24 April, 2013. The disaster, believed to have been triggered when generators were started up during a blackout, has raised questions about the use by Western retailers of the impoverished South Asian nation as a source of cheap goods.

The owners and builders of the eight-storey complex were accused of using shoddy building materials, including substandard rods, bricks and cement, and of not obtaining the necessary clearances.

Bangladesh's garment industry accounts for 80 percent of its exports. Low wages have helped lift Bangladesh to number two in the global ranking of exporters, behind China.
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RTX153NW
November 07, 2013
Nasima mourns on the grave of her daughter Akhi after her body was identified at a mass grave yard, where...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nasima mourns on the grave of her daughter Akhi after her body was identified at a mass grave yard, where...
Nasima mourns on the grave of her daughter Akhi after her body was identified at a mass grave yard, where all the unidentified victims of Rana Plaza were buried, in Dhaka November 7, 2013. The National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory announced on Monday that the identities of 157 people, out of 322 unidentified victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, have been ascertained through DNA tests, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ2HS
April 28, 2013
Relatives mourn as they show pictures of garment workers, who are believed to be trapped under the rubble...
Savar, Bangladesh
Relatives mourn as they show pictures of garment workers, who are believed to be trapped under the rubble...
Relatives mourn as they show pictures of garment workers, who are believed to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 28, 2013. Hope for survivors under the rubble of a building that collapsed outside the capital of Bangladesh faded on Sunday, and with more than 900 people still counted as missing fears grew that the death toll could rise far beyond the latest figure of 363. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ4VW
April 30, 2013
People wait for news of their missing relatives, the garment workers, who are missing after the collapse...
Savar, Bangladesh
People wait for news of their missing relatives, the garment workers, who are missing after the collapse...
People wait for news of their missing relatives, the garment workers, who are missing after the collapse of Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 30, 2013. At least 390 people have been confirmed dead in what is just the latest incident to raise serious questions about worker safety and low wages in the poor South Asian country that relies on garments for 80 percent of its exports. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-FACTORY/
RTXZ9WF
May 04, 2013
Anna Khatun,16, who was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, is comforted by...
Savar, Bangladesh
Khatun, who was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, is comforted by her mother...
Anna Khatun,16, who was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, is comforted by her mother Hoziron at Enam Medical College in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka May 4, 2013. Rescue workers rescued Anna, an underage employee of a garment factory in Rana Plaza building, from the rubble 36 hours after the building collapsed. Medical workers had to amputate her hand. Bangladesh urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed nearly 550 people. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)
BANGLADESH-SURVIVOR/
RTX10DLQ
June 06, 2013
Officials of the five-star Westin Dhaka hotel talk with Reshma Begum, 19, who survived 17 days trapped...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Officials of the five-star Westin Dhaka hotel talk with Begum, after she obtained a new job with the...
Officials of the five-star Westin Dhaka hotel talk with Reshma Begum, 19, who survived 17 days trapped under the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza complex, after Begum obtained a new job with the hotel in Dhaka June 6, 2013. Begum accepted a job with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc's five-star Westin Dhaka property, and will trade in the monthly wage of $65 that she used to earn for a basic salary of $450 in her new role welcoming guests. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: PROFILE DISASTER SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ60W
May 01, 2013
People cover their noses in front of mass graves as workers carry a body during the burial of unidentified...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
People cover their noses during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse...
People cover their noses in front of mass graves as workers carry a body during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, in Dhaka May 1, 2013. The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, in order to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after the building collapse killed hundreds of factory workers. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/EU
RTXZ610
May 01, 2013
People gather in front of mass graves during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
People gather during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana...
People gather in front of mass graves during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, in Dhaka May 1, 2013. The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, in order to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after the building collapse killed hundreds of factory workers. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
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RTX13UUM
September 22, 2013
Jewel Sheikh, a garment worker rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, waits for...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jewel Sheikh waits for a prosthesis operation at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic...
Jewel Sheikh, a garment worker rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, waits for a prosthesis operation at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in Dhaka September 22, 2013. A 60-member Thai medical team arrived in Bangladesh on a 10-day goodwill visit to conduct prosthesis operations on 100 injured patients, who lost their limbs in accidents at different parts of the country, including the victims of Rana Plaza collapse, until September 28, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER)
BANGLADESH/
RTX15R1X
November 24, 2013
Relatives of garment workers, who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse, cry as they pay tribute in...
Savar, Bangladesh
Relatives of garment workers, who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse, cry as they pay tribute in...
Relatives of garment workers, who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse, cry as they pay tribute in front of a sculpture after a protest in front of the site in Savar November 24, 2013. Hundreds of garment workers and activists gathered in front of the Rana Plaza site seven months after its collapse, to mark the one year anniversary of a fire incident in the Tazreen Fashions factory which killed more than 100 workers. The protesters demanded to arrest the owner of Tazreen Fashions and asked for compensation, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT ANNIVERSARY CIVIL UNREST)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ38M
April 29, 2013
Garment workers try to break the gate of a factory during a protest to demand capital punishment for...
Savar, Bangladesh
Garment workers try to break gate of factory during protest to demand capital punishment for those responsible...
Garment workers try to break the gate of a factory during a protest to demand capital punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka April 29, 2013. Rescue officials in Bangladesh said on Monday they were unlikely to find more survivors in the rubble of the factory building that collapsed last week burying hundreds of garment workers in the country's worst industrial accident. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS TEXTILE CIVIL UNREST POLITICS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-FACTORY/
RTXZ9UC
May 04, 2013
A woman mourns for her husband, a garment worker who had died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building,...
Savar, Bangladesh
A woman mourns for her husband, a garment worker who had died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building,...
A woman mourns for her husband, a garment worker who had died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, in Savar, around 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka May 4, 2013. Bangladesh urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed nearly 550 people. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYY7R
April 24, 2013
Rescue workers pray during an interval as they try to rescue trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rescue workers pray during an interval as they try to rescue trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza...
Rescue workers pray during an interval as they try to rescue trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza building which collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. A block housing garment factories and shops collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring more than a thousand, officials said.REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS RELIGION)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYY7K
April 24, 2013
Rescue workers carry a garment worker who was trapped inside the rubble of the Rana Plaza building which...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rescue workers carry a garment worker who was trapped inside the rubble of the Rana Plaza building which...
Rescue workers carry a garment worker who was trapped inside the rubble of the Rana Plaza building which collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. A block housing garment factories and shops collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring more than a thousand, officials said.REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYXTL
April 24, 2013
People mourn for their relatives, who were working in the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, in Savar,...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
People mourn for their relatives, who were working in the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, in Savar...
People mourn for their relatives, who were working in the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. The eight-storey block housing factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more than 70 people and injuring hundreds, a government official said. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ4WM
April 30, 2013
A rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar,...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar...
A rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 30, 2013. At least 390 people have been confirmed dead in what is just the latest incident to raise serious questions about worker safety and low wages in the poor South Asian country that relies on garments for 80 percent of its exports. REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ0LP
April 26, 2013
Rescue workers, army personnel, police and members of media run after they heard someone shouting that...
Savar, Bangladesh
People run after they heard someone shouting that a building next to Rana Plaza is collapsing during...
Rescue workers, army personnel, police and members of media run after they heard someone shouting that a building next to Rana Plaza is collapsing during a rescue operation in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 26, 2013. The search for survivors from Bangladesh's worst industrial accident stretched into a third day on Friday, with the death toll rising to 273 after the collapse of Rana Plaza, a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands. The building next to Rana Plaza did not collapse. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYYZU
April 25, 2013
A relative holds a picture of a garment worker who is missing, in front of the remains of people who...
Savar, Bangladesh
A relative holds a picture of a garment worker who is missing, in front of the remains of people who...
A relative holds a picture of a garment worker who is missing, in front of the remains of people who died inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 25, 2013. The number of people killed by the collapse of a building in Bangladesh's capital rose to 147 overnight and the death toll could climb further because many people are still trapped inside, Dhaka's district police chief told Reuters on Thursday. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-FACTORY/
RTXZ9W7
May 04, 2013
A security guard sits in front of posters of missing people at a hospital in Savar, 30 km (19 miles)...
Savar, Bangladesh
A security guard sits in front of posters of missing people at a hospital in Savar
A security guard sits in front of posters of missing people at a hospital in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka May 4, 2013. Bangladesh urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed nearly 550 people. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ2WW
April 28, 2013
Rescue workers assist a colleague who was injured in a fire during a rescue operation inside the rubble...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue workers assist a colleague who was injured in a fire during a rescue operation inside the rubble...
Rescue workers assist a colleague who was injured in a fire during a rescue operation inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 28, 2013. The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, as hopes of finding more survivors from the country's worst industrial accident began to fade. Authorities put the latest death toll at 377 and expect it to climb higher with hundreds more still unaccounted for. Picture taken April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ1SO
April 27, 2013
A relative holds up a picture of a garment worker in front of the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza...
Savar, Bangladesh
Relative holds picture of a garment worker in front of the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building,...
A relative holds up a picture of a garment worker in front of the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 27, 2013. Two factory bosses and two engineers were arrested in Bangladesh on Saturday, 72 hours after the collapse of a building where low-cost garments were made for Western brands, as the death toll rose to 340 but many were still being found alive. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ8SR
May 03, 2013
A woman cries as she waits for news of her relative, a garment worker who is still missing, after the...
Savar, Bangladesh
A woman cries as she waits for news of her relative, a garment worker who is still missing, after the...
A woman cries as she waits for news of her relative, a garment worker who is still missing, after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka May 3, 2013. Police investigating the collapse of a Bangladesh factory building that killed more than 500 people have arrested an engineer who warned the day before that the eight-storey complex was unsafe. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYY6T
April 24, 2013
Rescue workers try to rescue the trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza building which collapsed in...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rescue workers try to rescue the trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza building which collapsed in...
Rescue workers try to rescue the trapped garment workers in the Rana Plaza building which collapsed in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. A block housing garment factories and shops collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring more than a thousand, officials said.REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ4X1
April 30, 2013
A rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar,...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar...
A rescue worker attempts to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 30, 2013. At least 390 people have been confirmed dead in what is just the latest incident to raise serious questions about worker safety and low wages in the poor South Asian country that relies on garments for 80 percent of its exports. REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ2X5
April 28, 2013
A nurse waits inside an ambulance to ferry injured garment workers rescued from the rubble of the collapsed...
Savar, Bangladesh
A nurse waits inside an ambulance to ferry injured garment workers rescued from the rubble of the collapsed...
A nurse waits inside an ambulance to ferry injured garment workers rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building to a hospital in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 28, 2013. The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, as hopes of finding more survivors from the country's worst industrial accident began to fade. Authorities put the latest death toll at 377 and expect it to climb higher with hundreds more still unaccounted for. Picture taken April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXYXTJ
April 24, 2013
The body of a garment worker is seen amongst the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar,...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
The body of a garment worker is seen amongst the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar...
The body of a garment worker is seen amongst the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. The eight-storey block housing factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more than 70 people and injuring hundreds, a government official said. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS)
BANGLADESH/
RTXYXRN
April 24, 2013
People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in...
People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. An eight-storey block housing garment factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and injuring more than 500, the Ntv television news channel reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ10A
April 26, 2013
A rescue worker looks for trapped garment workers inside the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar,...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue worker looks for trapped garment workers inside the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar
A rescue worker looks for trapped garment workers inside the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 26, 2013. Bangladesh textile workers vented their anger on Friday, burning cars and clashing with police, as the death toll passed 300 following the collapse of a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands. Miraculously rescuers were still pulling people alive from the rubble - 72 since daybreak following 41 found in the same room overnight - two days after the eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ2X3
April 28, 2013
Rescue workers attempt to rescue their colleagues after a fire inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue workers attempt to rescue their colleagues after a fire inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana...
Rescue workers attempt to rescue their colleagues after a fire inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 28, 2013. The owner of a factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh killing hundreds of garment workers was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India, as hopes of finding more survivors from the country's worst industrial accident began to fade. Authorities put the latest death toll at 377 and expect it to climb higher with hundreds more still unaccounted for. Picture taken April 28, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER)
BANGLADESH-BUILDING/
RTXZ10B
April 26, 2013
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers in the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km...
Savar, Bangladesh
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers in the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers in the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 26, 2013. Bangladesh textile workers vented their anger on Friday, burning cars and clashing with police, as the death toll passed 300 following the collapse of a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands. Miraculously rescuers were still pulling people alive from the rubble - 72 since daybreak following 41 found in the same room overnight - two days after the eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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