The first round of compensation payments to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, including the families and dependents of those who were killed in the tragedy.

The International Labour Organization-backed fund has distributed BDT127.1m (US$1.64m) to 1,587 beneficiaries.

According to a spokesperson for the ILO, the figure was paid by the Rana Plaza Claims Administration through Dutch Bangladesh Bank accounts on 30 September.

Last month, just-style reported that the fund had awarded BDT108m to 700 cases, and was preparing to award the second instalment to another 800 cases of deceased and injured workers. This, the spokesperson explained, meant the Claims Administration had decided how much each claimant would receive.

"The payments made on 30 September were the first actual payments made in relation to these awards," he said. 

The beneficiaries received payments to the level of 40% of the amount they're entitled to, with deductions for advanced payments already received. 

The remainder of the payment will be paid when more funds are collected. Awards for the remaining almost 2,500 beneficiaries are also expected to be approved in the coming weeks. 

The fund is estimated to have just under half the US$40m needed to ensure all the survivors and families of the 1,138 victims and the over 2000 injured receive full and fair compensation.