Bangladesh: Red Crescent with the victims of Savar tragedy
21-05-2013 Photo gallery
On 24 April 2013, an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, an industrial suburb located on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. More than 3,000 people were working in factories and shops housed inside the building when it caved in. Volunteers and staff from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) rushed to the spot and established a mobile first aid camp to assist the wounded.
The Red Crescent volunteers worked alongside other first responders in the search & rescue operation, and helped with the management of dead bodies. Red Crescent ambulances transported the injured survivors to various hospitals. While 1,127 bodies were recovered from the wreckage, 2,438 people were rescued alive.
The ICRC delegation in Dhaka supported the Red Crescent with 1160 body bags, 20 helmets and pairs of gloves as well as mobile phones to help survivors to give news to their families.