Over 100 killed as building collapses in Dhaka
More than 100
people were killed and over 600 injured Wednesday when an eight-storeyed
building crumbled on the outskirts of capital Dhaka. Rescued
workers complained they were forced to get back to work though the
The toll in the building that collapsed Wednesday in the outskirts
of this Bangladesh capital rose to 271 Friday, police said.
The building, "Rana Plaza", collapsed around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday
and since then rescuers have been trying to extricate those still
buried under the debris.
Relatives of the missing said scores of people were still
In one of the worst building collapses ever in Bangladesh,
officials said rescuers have so far pulled out alive more than
2,000 people, including 41 early Friday.
"The death toll from the building collapse has climbed to 271,"
Wali Ashraf, a police official, told Xinhua Friday.
He said 41 trapped people were rescued alive from beneath the
rubble of the eight-storeyed building early Friday, keeping alive
the hope that more lives can be saved as the rescue operation
Of the bodies, he said 223 have so far been handed over to their
Rescuers with support of hundreds of volunteers and locals worked
frantically through the second consecutive night to rescue those
trapped in the rubble.
They say the salvage operations at the site will continue until
Saturday before the process to remove the rubble begins.
Apart from a bank's branch and many shops, the building housed
five garment factories which, according to garment manufacturers'
association, employed nearly 3,500 workers, mostly women.