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Several of the biggest Western retailers embraced a plan that would require them to pay for factory improvements in Bangladesh as the three-week search for victims of the worst garment-industry disaster in history ended Monday with the death toll at a staggering 1,127.
Even amid the euphoria over finding a woman alive in the rubble of a garment factory that collapsed more than two weeks ago, rescuers on Saturday returned to the grim task of dismantling the wreckage and retrieving decomposing bodies, knowing there was little chance of finding any more survivors.
A woman was pulled alive on Friday from the ruins of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh more than 16 days after it collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people.
A fire at a garment factory killed eight people Thursday in the latest disaster to hit Bangladesh’s textile industry, still reeling from the death of more than 950 people in a building collapse.
The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster exceeded 800 on Wednesday as rescuers pulled out dozens more bodies from the rubble of a nine-storey building that collapsed outside Dhaka last month.
Hundreds of survivors of last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh protested for compensation Tuesday, as the death toll from the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster passed 700.
By Shafiq Alam
At least 22 people were killed as Bangladeshi police fought pitch battles with tens of thousands of hardline Islamists in the capital Dhaka, police and medical officials said Monday.
The death toll in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster rose to 482 on Friday after 41 bodies were pulled from the wreckage of an eight-storey building overnight, the army said.
Emergency workers hauling large concrete slabs from a collapsed 8-story building said Tuesday they expect to find many dead bodies when they reach the ground floor, indicating the death toll will be far more than the official 386. One estimate said it could be as high as 1,400.
Merina was so tired. It had been three days since the garment factory where she worked had collapsed around her, three days since she’d moved more than a few inches. In that time she’d had nothing to eat and just a few sips of water. The cries for help had long since subsided. The moans of the injured had gone silent.
More than 100 hours after a garment factory block collapsed, rescuers in Bangladesh tunneled into the rubble on Sunday to find a woman whose feeble cries for help raised hopes of more miracles.
Police in Bangladesh took six people into custody in connection with the collapse of a shoddily-constructed building that killed at least 359 people, as rescue workers admitted that voices of survivors are getting weaker after four days of being pinned under the increasingly unstable rubble.
Police in Bangladesh took five people into custody in connection with the collapse of a shoddily-constructed building this week, as rescue workers pulled 19 survivors out of the rubble on Saturday and vowed to continue as long as necessary to find others despite fading hopes.