Bangladesh building collapse toll at 304

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 15:38 hrs

The death toll from Wednesday's building collapse at Savar area in Bangladesh capital Dhaka touched 304 on Friday as rescue operations continued for the third day, officials said.

Rescue workers have reportedly pulled out 72 people alive from the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza.

"Of the 2,348 victims, 304 deceased and 2044 alive have so far been rescued," Shahinur Islam, director of Inter-Services Public Relation, said at a press conference on Friday evening.

"Of the 304 bodies, we have handed over 281 to their respective families," he said.

Asked how long they will continue the rescue operations, Islam said: "Our first priority is to save the lives as per the government's instruction. We will carry on our operation until the last person is pulled out."

He said the rescue teams have all necessary equipment at their disposal.

"We are trying to make an intelligent use of our resources," he said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday directed to arrest the collapsed building´s owner Sohel Rana and four owners of the garment factories housed in the collapsed establishment.

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

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.

Nine-storey Rana Plaza, which housed a market, several garment factories and a branch of Brac Bank, collapsed at around 8:45 am on Wednesday.

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