Bangladesh: Six more bodies recovered in Savar building collapse

1st May 2013
Bangladesh: Six more bodies recovered in Savar building collapse

This April 30 photo shows cranes lifting concrete blocks from the debris of Rana Plaza as the rescue operation enters day seven. The rescuers started using heavy equipment Sunday night in the second phase of the operation.


Dhaka, (Daily Star): Rescuers pulled out six more bodies from the debris of Rana Plaza in Savar early Wednesday, eight days into the collapse of the nine-storey building.

With the fresh recovery the death toll of the deadly building collapse now stands 394, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) control room, opened for providing information on the Savar tragedy.

No person was rescued alive in the last two days as the figure of survivors remained unchanged at 2,437.

Rescuers gave up hope of finding any more alive as the tragedy stepped into eighth straight day.

People believe that unnumbered decomposed bodies remain stuck in concrete slabs of the sandwiched building.

The number of death toll might be rise when the rescuers would manage to go into the tightly packed floors of the building, locals said.

On April 24, the nine-storey Savar building housing five garment factories, a branch of Brac Bank and a shopping mall collapsed, trapping several thousand people, mostly garment workers, inside it.

The frantic search and rescue operation however is going on as the rescuers have been using heavy equipment to remove the slabs of concrete from the ruins.

They also using trained dogs to trace the dead.

“It could take another 12 to 15 days to remove the debris if a concerted effort is made,” Lt Col Moin Uddin of Third Engineering Battalion (Savar Cantonment) told The Daily Star on Tuesday.

However, it might not be possible as the rescuers become careful whenever a body is found, he mentioned.



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