On this day: April 24

Posted: 5:13 PM EDT Apr 22, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Apr 24, 2015

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OTD April 24 - Bangladesh building collapse
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2013: Rana Plaza, a nine-story building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapses, killing 1,138 people and injuring 2,500 others. Around 3,500 workers were inside the building, which had apparel factories, a bank and several other shops, when the building collapse. It is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. The collapse occurred a day after cracks appeared in the structure. It led the bank to order its employees not to report for work, and the shops were closed because of a strike. But garment workers were told to come in despite their concerns that the building's structure was not sound. The owner of the building, Sohel Rana, was arrested four days after the collapse and is still awaiting trial.


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