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Saturday 30 August 2014

Death toll at Bangladesh factory collapse reaches over 600

The garment factory building collapsed on Wednesday, is seen from a building nearby as a crane prepares to lift the fallen ceiling, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday April 29, 2013
The garment factory building collapsed on Wednesday, is seen from a building nearby as a crane prepares to lift the fallen ceiling, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday April 29, 2013
Protestors demand the death penalty for those responsible for the collapse of a garment factory building that killed hundreds in Savar, near Dhaka (AP)
Protestors demand the death penalty for those responsible for the collapse of a garment factory building that killed hundreds in Savar, near Dhaka (AP)
Two youths walk past a wall pasted with flyers showing some of the missing on Monday April 29, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies -- mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Two youths walk past a wall pasted with flyers showing some of the missing on Monday April 29, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies -- mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Police in Bangladesh said more than 600 bodies have now been recovered from a garment-factory building that collapsed 11 days ago, and the grim recovery work continues.

Police said that the death toll had reached 610. More than 200 bodies have been recovered since Wednesday, when authorities said only 149 people had been listed as missing.

The stench of decomposing bodies remains amid the broken concrete of the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, and it is anyone's guess how many victims remain to be recovered.

An architect whose firm designed the building said it was never designed to handle heavy industrial equipment, let alone the three floors that were later illegally added.

Masood Reza, an architect with Vastukalpa Consultants, said the building was designed to house shops and offices.

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