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Bangladesh Building Collapse Death Toll Approaches 260

Rescue workers pull a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km outside Dhaka, April 25, 2013.
Rescue workers pull a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, 30 km outside Dhaka, April 25, 2013.
VOA News
The death toll from the collapse of a building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories has climbed close to 260 as the search for survivors goes on.

Rescue crews discovered 40 people still alive underneath the rubble of a collapsed building Thursday, and officials believe there are still more to be found and are working non-stop. They say they can hear the cries of those still trapped in the rubble.

More than 3,000 people were in the building outside Dhaka when it collapsed Wednesday. More than 1,000 were injured. Authorities do not know how many people are missing.

Police say the owner of the building and factory managers ignored official warnings for people to evacuate the building after inspectors found cracks in it Tuesday. The owner is on the run and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promises he will be caught and punished.

More than a thousand textile workers fought with police Thursday as they protested the accident and Bangladesh's poor factory safety standards. Some of the protesters also blame European and American companies and their demand for low-cost goods from the garment manufacturers.

A fire at another garment factory in November in Bangladesh killed more than 100 workers.

  • A man walks at the site where a garment factory building collapsed on April 24 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 13, 2013.
  • Reshma Begum, center, the 19-year-old seamstress who spent 17 days trapped in the rubble of a collapsed factory building talks to the media at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 13, 2013.
  • Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 10, 2013.
  • People work in the rubble of a collapsed garment factory in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 10, 2013.
  • Rescuers carry the body of a victim from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh, May 7, 2013.
  • A woman cries after she identified her relative's body that was recovered from the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building, Savar, Bangladesh, May 3, 2013.
  • The remaining standing part of the collapsed Rana Plaza building collapses during a rescue operation by the army in Savar, Bangladesh, May 2, 2013.
  • Relatives mourn as they look for garment workers, missing after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, May 2, 2013.
  • Workers dig mass graves during a burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, May 1, 2013.
  • A boy covers his nose with a cloth as people gather in front of mass graves during the burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, May 1, 2013.
  • A woman waits for news of her relative, a garment worker, who is missing after the collapse of Rana Plaza building, in front of missing people posters in Savar, Bangladesh, April 30, 2013.
  • Firefighters and army personnel are blanketed in thick dust after part of the garment factory building collapses after being dislodged as part of the clearing process in Savar, near Dhaka, April 29, 2013.
  • Crowds gather at the collapsed Rana Plaza building as people rescue garment workers trapped in the rubble, Savar, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013.

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