Savar Tragedy

The Reportage was awarded The Photophilanthropy Activist Award 2014.

An eight-story commercial building named “Rana Plaza” collapsed in Savar, Dhaka on 24 April 2013. The building housed shops, a bank and several garment factories that produced clothes for brands like Benneton, el Corte Ingles, Mango, Walmart, and others. Shops and banks on the lower floors closed down when cracks were discovered in the wall, while the factory workers were ordered back to work (some even under threat of withholding their income). When the building collapsed during rush hour, over 4000 workers were present in the building. Almost 1,127 workers died, more than 3,000 were injured badly and many were missing. According to the local people around 6,000 workers used to work in the factories located in the building. It is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest structural failure in modern human history.