More than 1,000 people found dead after accident in Dhaka
A nine-story building, Rana Plaza, collapsed on the 24th of April 2013 in the Savar area in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka. Staff from Diakonia's office in Bangladesh and dedicated activists from our partner organization ADESH were involved in the rescue operation.
More than 1,000 people found dead
The number of deceased people due to the collapse first stopped at 645, but was afterwards recounted to over 1,000 deaths. One of them are a woman connected to our partner organization ADESH; Diakonia's thoughts go out to her friends and family. Approximately 2,500 people were rescued.
Forced to work despite cracks in the building
Diakonia's partner organization ADESH has premises in the vicinity of the building that collapsed. The building contained a market, bank and a textile factory. The day before the collapse, cracks appeared in the building, but factory workers were reportedly forced to go to work as usual the day the collpase occurred.
Our partner organization Adesh normally works with equality as well as social and economic justice for the people working in this and similar factories. ADESH has helped women and men to join together in self-help groups, and educated them regarding what rights they have.
ADESH and Diakonia contributed in the relief with water and other beverages as well as food and other supplies to emergency workers, relatives and victims.