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October 21, 2020

Rescuers scour mangled heap after Bangladesh building collapse kills 200

A day after a Bangladesh building collapse killed nearly 200 people, rescuers clambered through the mangled ruins Thursday, desperately searching for people trapped in the rubble, CNN informs.The eight-story building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, caved in Wednesday, leaving a chaotic mass of broken concrete and twisted metal.It housed garment factories employing about 2,500 workers, many of whom had been uneasy about entering the building after cracks appeared Tuesday.But the owners of the factory told them to report for work, claiming the building was safe, survivors said.The resulting catastrophe is the latest to befall Bangladesh’s accident-prone garment industry, which employs more than 4 million people – most of them women – but regularly comes under scrutiny for its slipshod safety standards.It also raises tough questions for the Western brands that have their products made in the South Asian country’s low-cost factories. The human tragedy continued to unfold Thursday at the scene of the disaster in the suburb of Savar. The death toll rose to 199, Dhaka District Police Chief Habibur Rahman said Thursday afternoon.More than 1,000 people have been injured and an unknown number – some dead, others still alive – remain buried within the structure’s tangled remains.“There’s still people alive in there,” said Col. Shayekh Jaman, a military official involved in the rescue effort. “It is difficult to say how many. We are moving chamber to chamber looking for people.” He said about 1,400 people had been rescued so far.The army official overseeing the rescue operation, Maj. Gen. Abul Hassan Sarwardy, said the efforts would continue until every single person inside the rubble had been recovered, according to the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS). But Sarwardy cautioned that rescuers proceeded slowly because of fears the structure’s ruins could collapse further. Images from the scene showed rescuers standing on precariously balanced concrete beams and looking throu

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