Rana Plaza – 5 years later
For the fifth time, people around the world will commemorate the
anniversary of the worst industrial disaster, the most devasting blow to the garment
sector – Rana Plaza. On April 23, 2013 the Rana Plaza building in Savar, close to
Dhaka in Bangladesh, collapsed. The building housed five garment factories and
the accident took the lives of 1,138 workers; in addition. more than 2,500 were injured.
Tragically, most – if not all – of the deaths and injuries could have been
avoided had the garment workers been allowed to evacuate the building early like other
workers in the building.
Five years after Rana Plaza
FashionUnited has put together a timeline of events from that tragic day
in April 2013 to the most current developments. Most recently, the
transition of the old Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which
runs out at the end of the year, to the new one. At the same time, the
Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety comes to an end as well and is
looking for local stakeholders to take over. All the while, accidents still
happen at garment factories in Bangladesh and elsewhere and the apparel
supply chain could do with more transparancy.
Use the arrows to navigate through the events ordered by date or
click on a timeframe (in the grey bar) to learn more.
Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury / ANADOLU AGENCY