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Collapsing Houses in Bangladesh
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
16 Apr 2015

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A two story house made of bamboo and tin collapsed at Hjipara Jheel, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM (local time). There were 14 rooms on each floor, and each room was inhabited by an entire family. The rooms were rented for BDT.3, 500 ($44) per month.

The location of the building on a polluted, swampy wetland meant that it was very difficult for people inside the building to survive, as the rubble from the building pushed into the water.

Casualty rates are currently 12 dead and 100 missing.

Locals claim that the main reason of the collapse was lack of a proper foundation. Add to this the fact that the building owner built an additional floor on the building 5 months ago with the aim of increasing profits. Survivors of the collapse said the building began vibrating and shaking in bizarre ways after the second floor was added.

The collapse highlights the problem of shoddy housing in Bangladesh’s heavily impoverished areas. There was no government oversight or intervention to monitor and prevent the construction and habitation of such a poorly constructed building.  The collapse spurred protests from the Bangladesh Communist Party calling on the government to step up regulations on building safety and exploitation of the poor. 

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Building Collapse 01
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

The Bangladesh Communist Party holds a protest after the housing collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 02
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Relatives of people missing in the house collapse wait at Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015.

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Building Collapse 03
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Samia and her mom shortly after being rescued safely from the wreckage of the housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 04
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A survivor of the housing collapse in his new house. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 05
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man still waiting for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapsed building in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 06
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A picture floats in the swampy wreckage of the collapsed housing complex April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 07
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members at a temporary house near the collapse housing complex in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 08
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 09
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 10
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A remaining tin shed over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, after the collapse of a two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 11
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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Building Collapse 12
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Najrul Islam waits at a temporary shelter for missing family members still trapped inside the collapsed housing structure.

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Building Collapse 13
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

4 year Samia girl was rescued from the rubble of the collapsed housing complex.

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Building Collapse 14
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man waits for his missing family members after the collapse of two storied tin-shed house in Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 16, 2015.

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Building Collapse 15
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Families gather goods salvaged from the wreckage of the building complex at a temporary shelter.

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Building Collapse 16
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Two women wait at a temporary shelter for their family members still trapped in the wreckage of the collapsed house.

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Building Collapse 17
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors living in a temporary shelter after the house collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 16, 2015.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Shefali Begum wails as she mourns the loss of her young son Saiful, who was killed in the housing collapse.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A man is showing his stitched hand after he was injured in the housing collapse.

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Building Collapse 20
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Sisters Rubina & Asha lost everything in the bulding collapse. Now they wonder how they will start all over again.

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Building Collapse 21
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Remaining tin sheds over the Hajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 April 2015 after the collapse of two storied tin and bamboo housing structure.

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Building Collapse 22
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Survivors of the building collapse take refuge in makeshift shelters as the rescue and salvage mission continues.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Khalil (L) and Arif (R) in disbelief after the death of Saiful, a young boy in their family.

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Building Collapse 24
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

A rescued goat stands on some bricks after being salvaged from the wreckage of the collapsed housing project.

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Building Collapse 25
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 Apr 2015

Firefighters try to rescue the missing people from the collapsed, two story house inHajipara Jheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The collapse of the house, which was built on swampy ground killed 12 people and more than 100 people are still missing.

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The location where the eight-story building Rana Plaza once stood.

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Young Buddhist nuns board the ferry crossing the Hlaing river over to downtown Yangon.

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Inside 969 Movement 29
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Thaddhamma, one of the leaders of the 969 movement, teaches a group of business men, from Yangons biggest whole sale market, about patriotism and Buddhism.

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Inside 969 Movement 27
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Inside 969 Movement 19
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One of the Mosques destroyed by religious violence that took place at the end of March in Meiktila.

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Inside 969 Movement 20
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Inside 969 Movement 21
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Inside 969 Movement 16
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Inside 969 Movement 18
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Meiktila, Burma

One of the areas destroyed by religious violence that took place at the end of March in Meiktila.

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Inside 969 Movement 17
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Inside 969 Movement 15
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Muslims return to their destroyed homes, under police protection, and start a 7 days clean up process after the March riots in Meiktila. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 820 buildings were completely destroyed and 44 people were killed.