Bangladesh building collapse: Toll at 281

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 12:35 hrs

Two days after a nine-storied building collapsed in Savar area of Bangladesh, the death toll in the tragedy touched 281 on Friday, officials said.

Rescue workers, who continued to pull out more bodies from the debris, said the operations will continue until Saturday as they fear more bodies trapped inside the rubble.

Over 1,200 people were injured in the mishap.

Meanwhile, workers from different garment factories in Dhaka city protested against the building collapse tragedy in Savar.

Agitating workers vandalised more than 100 vehicles at Pallabi, Mirpur, Malibagh and Gulshan areas in Dhaka.

They also vandalised several factories at Shewrapara, Mirpur and Pallabi areas that were kept open on Friday, reports said.

The protesters reportedly torched two factories in Gazipur.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association on Thursday suspended the membership of five factories that were housed inside the collapsed building. The factories will not be permitted to export any apparel and import any raw materials following the suspension.

According to, five lawsuits were filed at the labour court on Thursday over the case of building collapse.

Bangladesh Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir on Thursday asked the law enforcement agencies to arrest building owner Sohel Rana.

Bangladesh observed national mourning day on Thursday in memory of the victims.

"Meanwhile, Dhaka District Administration formed a probe panel to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Additional District Magistrate Monoj Kumar Roy will head the panel. It has been asked to submit the report within 15 working days," reported.

The building, which housed a market, several garment factories and a branch of Brac Bank, collapsed at around 8:45 am on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had directed local administration to carry out the rescue operation on a war footing.

She said her government will provide the affected people with food, shelter, relief and necessary rehabilitation facilities.

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia´s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18-party opposition alliance had withdrawn its shutdown in Dhaka district and metropolitan area after the incident.

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