The US based newspaper The Washington Post recently published an article titled “Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse still suffering, 5 months later” that depicts the sufferings of the survivors of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse incident in Savar.
The article read, “Many families have received only part of their promised financial compensation. And activists and health-care professionals decry a lack of psychological and financial support for scores of survivors and rescue workers stricken with invisible handicaps.”
According to the Solidarity Center, a group affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization, the Bangladeshi government has paid settlements to dependents of 777 of the 1,131 confirmed dead in the disaster, in amounts ranging from $1,250 to $5,000. An additional 36 garment workers who lost limbs or were paralyzed have received between $15,000 and $18,750 each.
In addition some financial assistance was provided by British retail chain Primark and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The article cited Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies saying that so far, none of the 4,000 families affected by the disaster have received the full payments promised by the government or association.
The article further added that the survivors are struggling to cope with not just physical, but also financial burdens and emotional wounds.