Six years of Rana Plaza tragedy: 51pc survivors still jobless

FE Report | Published: April 24, 2019 10:08:11 | Updated: April 25, 2019 09:22:31


Khodeja, 25, who was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, stands in front of her slum house in Savar. Khodeja is unable to work due to a spinal injury caused by the accident — Reuters/Files

Today (Wednesday) is the sixth anniversary of Rana Plaza building collapse.

The worst-ever industrial tragedy took place in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka on this day in 2013, leaving at least 1,138 people dead and 2,500 others injured, mostly garment workers.

Following the deadliest accident, poor state of workplace safety and workers' rights in the country's readymade garment (RMG) sector have drawn huge attention of both local and international communities.

Traumatised survivors of the building collapse are still suffering a lot. According to a recent study by the ActionAid Bangladesh, about 51 per cent of Rana Plaza survivors have remained jobless for the last six years due to their physical and mental weaknesses.

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