Death toll rises to 70 in Bangladesh building collapse

Posted Apr 24, 2013 by Leo Reyes
At least 70 people had been confirmed dead while more than 600 survivors were rescued in an eight storey building that collapsed Wednesday afternoon in the suburb of Bangladesh capital of Dhaka
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The collapse of the building happened at about 8:30 a.m. The eight storey structure was being used as a garment factory with about 2,000 workers inside the building at the time of the incident.
Bangladesh is a top garment exporting country and thousands of buildings are being used as garment factories. There were reports that some of these buildings were constructed without proper building permits while others do not comply with construction standards and guidelines.
It appeared that the building owner was earlier warned not to allow workers inside after a crack was detected a day before the incident.
"It looks like an earthquake has struck here," said one resident as he looked on at the chaotic scene of smashed concrete and ambulances making their way through the crowds of workers and wailing relatives of those still inside, Reuters writes.
Firemen and volunteers have responded to immediate call for assistance as more people were seen on TV footage trapped in the basement of the collapsed structure
"We assume scores of people are still trapped inside and many of them would have died... We are continuing the salvage campaign," a fire service official said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on concerned authorities to start rescue operations immediately.
Death toll from the collapsed building is expected to rise as rescuers continue retrieval operations.