Collapse of Rana Plaza

12 May 2013

Am 24. April stürzte in Sabhar, in der Nähe von Dhaka, der Hauptstadt von Bangladesch, das achtstöckige Gebäude Rana Plaza ein und tötete über 1.100 Menschen. In diesem ursprünglich sechsstöckigen Geschäfts- und Bürogebäude, dem zwei weitere Stockwerke aufgesetzt wurden, befanden sich fünf Textilfabriken. Der Einsturz wurde zum Teil vom Gewicht und der Vibration der schweren Textilmaschinen verursacht. Rana Plaza war am Tag vor dem Einsturz kurz geschlossen worden, da sich Risse in den Wänden und Stützpfeilern gezeigt hatten. Stunden vor der Katastrophe waren die Textilarbeiter zurückgerufen worden. Die Bergungsarbeiten dauerten fast drei Wochen.

Savar, Bangladesh

Victims of the Rana Plaza collapse comfort each other at a local hospital.

 

On 24 April, an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing more than 1,100 people. Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories, had been designed with only six stories and intended for shops and offices only. Two further stories had been added, and the collapse was in part blamed on the weight and vibration of the garment factories’ heavy machinery. Rana Plaza had been briefly shut down the day before, when cracks appeared in its walls and pillars, but factory workers had been called back in, hours before the building fell. Rescue operations took nearly three weeks. Workers in Rana Plaza made clothes for popular Western brands. The disaster highlighted the hazardous conditions workers face in Bangladesh’s €16 billion garment industry, where many are paid as little as €30 a month. Only a few of the brands using the factories attended a meeting of the world’s largest retailers in Geneva, in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse, and four made contributions to a compensation fund for victims and their families.

Op 24 april stortte een gebouw van acht verdiepingen ineen in Savar, dicht bij de hoofdstad Dhaka, Bangladesh, waardoor ruim 1.100 mensen omkwamen. Rana Plaza was ooit ontworpen als een kantoor- en winkelgebouw met zes verdiepingen. Intussen waren er twee verdiepingen bovenop gebouwd en huisvestte het vijf textielfabrieken. De instorting werd deels toegeschreven aan de te zware belasting en trillingen van de zware machinerieën. Rana Plaza was de voorgaande dag kort ontruimd toen er scheuren in de muren en pilaren verschenen, maar een paar uur voor het gebouw ineenstortte waren de arbeiders teruggeroepen. De reddingsoperatie duurde bijna drie weken.

Location

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/30
ISO: 640
F-Stop: 2.8
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
Camera: Nikon D700

Rahul Talukder
Nationality:
Bangladesh
About:
Rahul Talukder is a documentary photographer born in Bangladesh in 1991. What started as a passion for street photography later turned into a career choice. In 2011, he joined Pathshala to study photography. Since then, he has been documenting the political unrest and major national events. In 2013, he followed up on the protests for and against the accused of The International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh).
Commissioner:
Bangladesh Sangbad 71