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In the weeks after the world's worst clothing factory disaster in Bangladesh, Western firms promised to compensate the families of those killed, and to help the survivors.
But ITV News has found that many victims have had little or no direct money or support.
Six months on, the dead are still being identified, and their families are struggling to survive.
ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg has returned to Dhaka in Bangladesh:
One of the survivors Action Aid has spoke to recalls how workers raised concerns about a crack in the building the day before it collapsed.
Naznin Akhter Nazma, 20, who was pregnant when pulled from the rubble and lost her husband in the collapse, told the charity:
The rubble of the huge factory which collapsed almost six months ago remains heaped in Dhaka as those who were injured or lost family members await compensation.
A charity that has been working with victims of the Bangladesh building collapse has described the lack of compensation from western brands supplied by the factory as "indefensible".
Farah Kabir, ActionAid’s Country Director in Bangladesh said:
ActionAid has said that the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse have been left with debilitating physical and psychological injuries, preventing nearly all of them from returning to work.
The charity surveyed almost 2,300 people - around two thirds of all the survivors and families affected - and found that of those surveyed:
- 94% have not received any legal benefits from their employers, including sick pay or compensation
- More than half have mounting debts and less than 10% had savings
- 92% of survivors have not gone back to work
- Of these, 63% said that physical injuries have prevented them from returning to work
- 92% of survivors reported being traumatised, with around half experiencing insomnia and trembling from loud sounds
A Primark spokesman said:
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After meeting some of those affected by the factory collapse in Bangladesh, it is clear that trade partners like the UK have a role to play.
Six months after the garment factory disaster at Rana Plaza in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, victims are still awaiting compensation.