May 2013 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of May 2013.

  • Death Toll Increases in Bangladesh Factory Building Disaster (May 9): The number of casualties in the Bangladesh factory building collapse rises to at least 900 workers. The building, Rana Plaza, had more than 3,000 employees. The building's collapse is considered the deadliest accident in the garment industry's history. More than 2,500 people have been rescued from the building. (May 14): With rescue operations at Rana Plaza ending, the death toll rises to 1,127 people.

  • Mile-Wide Category 4 Tornado Hits Oklahoma (May 20): An enormous category 4 tornado hits Oklahoma City, Moore, and Newcastle. Moore is hardest hit. The city's Plaza Towers Elementary School is flattened. At least 24 people are killed in the storm. The tornado, stretching about a mile wide, is on the ground for 40 minutes.

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