Bangladesh’s Worst Industrial Accident: Scenes From a Terrifying Tragedy

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Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
WONG MAYE-E / APA Muslim priest leads a crowd in prayers offered to unclaimed bodies from the building that collapsed last week in preparation for a mass burial, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Building Collapse
WONG MAYE-E / APWorkers bury unclaimed bodies from the garment factory building that collapsed last week, in preparation for a mass burial, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
ISMAIL FERDOUS / APA woman grieves as she sticks a poster of a portrait of her family member on the wall of a school turned make-shift morgue on April 30, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
ISMAIL FERDOUS / APA worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 29, 2013.

Bangladesh Building Collapse
KEVIN FRAYER / APBangladeshis watch the rescue operations at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013.

Bangladesh Building Collapse
KEVIN FRAYER / APA Bangladeshi woman survivor is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
ANDREW BIRAJ / REUTERSA relative holds a picture of a missing garment worker, who was working in the Rana Plaza building when it collapsed, in Savar,19 miles outside Dhaka, April 24, 2013. Sumi, a 25-year-old worker, told the Associated Press that she was sewing jeans on the fifth floor with at least 400 others when the building fell. “It collapsed all of a sudden,” she said. “No shaking, no indication. It just collapsed on us.”

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP / GETTY IMAGESBangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 24, 2013. Bangladesh has one of the biggest garment industries in the world, providing clothes for major Western retailers which, it has been said, benefit from Bangladesh’s low-cost labor.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
A.M. AHAD / APRelatives mourn a victim at the site after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of people headed to the site, some of them weeping survivors, while others searched for family members. Firefighters and soldiers, using drilling machines and cranes, worked with volunteers in the search.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP / GETTY IMAGESThe dead body of a Bangladeshi youth is seen in the rubble after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 24, 2013. The collapse happened at roughly 8:30 a.m. local time.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
ANDREW BIRAJ / REUTERSPeople mourn for their relatives, who are trapped inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 19 miles outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. The last major building collapse was in 2010, when a four-storey building collapsed in Dhaka, killing at least 25 people and injuring others.

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
A.M. AHAD / APRescue workers pull a woman out from the rubble after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013. Dhaka resident Tahsin Mahmoo described the scene as a “war zone” to the BBC. Fire brigade chief Ali Ahmed Khan told the BBC Bengali service that “Already we’ve rescued three to four hundred people … Now we are cutting through the concrete walls and trying to get inside with the help of sniffer dogs.”

Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse
A.M. AHAD / APPeople and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013. Workers in the building said that because it had developed such severe cracks the day before, it had been reported on local news channels.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/04/24/bangladesh-garment-factory-collapse/#ixzz2SUSzZw3c

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One Response to Bangladesh’s Worst Industrial Accident: Scenes From a Terrifying Tragedy

  1. dirtymind says:

    A feeling of profound grief, so many lives completely destroyed, so many hopes killed, so much pain.

    The price of pure unadulterated ‘greed’ of all the people associated with this business. Normal profits do not fulfill the wants of the producer, the consumer wants cheap fashion ( or fashion beyond their reach, reinforced by advertisement & the society), the worker is not empowered to demand better working conditions ( he is after all a disposable slave), engineers or killers ( whatever that means in this case), the govt ( useless to even talk about their objectives, incorruptible ( for their is no more corruption possible), us ( this may end up as a pure sensational news, to be shared around & soon forgotten).

    The time is now to do something about this system , let us change the pictures..

    Cheers

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