Bangladesh building collapse toll passes 800


SAVAR (Dhaka): The death toll in Bangladesh’sworst industrial disaster passed the 800 mark as rescuers pulled out 51 more decomposed bodies on Wednesday from the debris of the ill-fated eight-storey building that collapsed last month.

According to officials at the makeshift army control room here, the death toll hit 803 on the 15th day after the disaster while the number of people rescued alive remains unchanged at 2,437.

Hundreds of bodies are still trapped under the debris of the illegally constructed Rana Plazabuilding as many have remained missing, local media reported.

The building in Savar near the capital Dhaka that housed five garment factories collapsed on April 24. It is still unclear how many people were there on that fateful day.

Police have charged the building owner Sohel Rana and five factory owners with causing deaths due to negligence and violating construction laws, charges punishable by a maximum seven years in jail….

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