• Bangladesh factory victims not compensated


    DHAKA: Some victims of Bang–ladesh’s worst industrial disaster said on Monday they have still not received promised com–pensation, days after a deadline for payments from a multi-million dollar fund backed by Western retailers.

    Victims, many of whom suffered horrific injuries when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed last year killing 1,138 people, said they feared authorities had bungled payments they were supposed to receive by April 23.

    “I am still staying at the hospital and am running short of money,” said Rehana Akhter, 22, who lost her left leg in the disaster.

    “Still no one has said whether I will get the compensation or not. If I don’t get the money I’ll have no choice but to start begging,” she said.

    “I am not alone. A lot of Rana Plaza victims haven’t got any money. I think some people may have stolen our compensation,” Akhter added.

    It is unclear how many victims have not been paid, but a Bangladesh government team helping to coordinate the payments said it has received complaints from around 50 victims.

    The nine-storey factory com–plex on the outskirts of Dhaka, where workers spent long hours stitching clothes for Western brands for low pay, collapsed on April 24 last year.

    A compensation fund managed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) started making its first payments of $640 for each of the survivors and families of the deceased last week.



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