Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Dhaka factory death toll tops 600

Police say 610 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building in Dhaka (AP)
A girl waits for news of a missing relative as recovery operations continue at the site of the Rana Plaza building (AP)
A woman walks past coffins at a makeshift morgue for victims of the Bangladesh building collapse (AP)

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-storey 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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