Bangladesh: 13 more bodies retrieved, death toll now 429

2nd May 2013

Rescuers pulled out 13 more bodies removing the debris of Rana Plaza in Savar on Thursday raising the death toll to 429 as the salvage operation stepped into ninth straight day.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) provided the fresh account on the death toll of the Savar tragedy.

No person was rescued alive in the last three days, keeping the figure of survivors unchanged at 2,437.

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

On Thursday, the rescuers were seen conducting operation in the front portion of the collapsed building using four hydraulic cranes.

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

The number of death toll might rise when the rescuers would manage to go into the tightly packed unexplored 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.

“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) earlier told The Daily Star.

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


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