Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 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

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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