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

A Muslim priest leads a crowd in prayers offered to unclaimed bodies from the building that collapsed last week in preparation for a mass burial on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several hundred people attended the mass funeral in a Dhaka suburb for 18 unidentified workers who died in the building housing garment factories that collapsed last week in the country’s worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500. ©AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Workers bury unclaimed bodies from the garment factory building that collapsed last week, in preparation for a mass burial on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several hundred people attended the mass funeral in a Dhaka suburb for 18 unidentified workers who died in the building collapse last week in the country’s worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500. ©AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
A woman grieves as she sticks a pposter of a portrait of her family member on the wall of a school turned make-shift morgue on Tuesday 30, April, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Emergency workers hauling large concrete slabs from a collapsed 8-story building said Tuesday they expect to find many dead bodies when they reach the ground floor, indicating the death toll will be far more than the official 386. One estimate said it could be as high as 1,400. The illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed on the morning of April 24, bringing down the five garment factories inside. ©AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous
A worker leaves the site where a garment factory building collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh Monday, April 29, 2013. Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies – mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building. ©AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous
Bangladeshis watch the rescue operations at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 25, 2013. By Thursday, the death toll reached at least 194 people as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing, after a huge section of an eight-story building that housed several garment factories splintered into a pile of concrete. ©AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
A 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, Thursday, April 25, 2013. By Thursday, the death toll reached at least 194 people as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing, after a huge section of an eight-story building that housed several garment factories splintered into a pile of concrete. ©AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
A woman holds a picture of her relative, a garment worker who went missing in the Rana Plaza collapse, as she waits for a mass prayer on the first year anniversary of the accident, at a school in Savar April 24, 2014. Protesters and family members of victims demand compensation on the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which more than 1,100 factory workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured. ©REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
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Bangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 24, 2013. At least 15 people were killed and many more feared dead when an eight-storey building housing a market and garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, officials said. ©AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives mourn a victim at the site after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Dozens were killed and many more are feared trapped in the rubble. ©AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad
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The 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. At least 82 people have died and 700 are injured after a eight-storey building housing several garment factories collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday, a doctor said. ©AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images
People mourn for their relatives, who are trapped inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. The eight-storey block housing factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more than 70 people and injuring hundreds, a government official said. ©REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
Rescue workers pull a woman out from the rubble after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Dozens were killed and many more are feared trapped in the rubble. ©AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad
People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Dozens were killed and many more are feared trapped in the rubble. ©AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad

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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

One thought on “Bangladesh’s Worst Industrial Accident: Scenes From a Terrifying Tragedy”

  1. 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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