Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013

SAVAR BUILDING COLLAPSE

55 more bodies retrieved

Death toll now 603

In this May 4 photo, a crane is seen removing the rubble of the collapsed building at Savar bazaar bus stand. The rescue operation stepped into 12th straight day on Sunday.

In this May 4 photo, a crane is seen removing the rubble of the collapsed building at Savar bazaar bus stand. The rescue operation stepped into 12th straight day on Sunday.

Rescuers pulled out 55 more bodies from the rubble of the RanaPlaza at Savar when the rescue operation stepped into 12th straight day on Sunday.

With the fresh recovery, the death toll in the nine-story building collapsed reached to 616.

The bodies were recovered between 6:00am and 2:00pm, according to police control room in Savar. The camp was opened soon after the collapse of the building.

Few more bodies were also recovered early on Sunday, the sources added.

A total of 480 bodies were handed over to the victims’ families while 26 were kept in Adhar Chandra High School playground for identification.

Another 65 bodies were kept in different hospital morgues of the capital including Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Earlier, 32 unclaimed bodies have been buried at Jurain graveyard in the capital.

Meanwhile, the rescue operation stepped into 12th straight day on Sunday.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations control room, the number of people rescued alive were 2,437. 

RanaPlaza, which housed several garment factories, collapsed on April 24 after owners forced several thousand workers to work there despite cracks had developed on some pillars and floors the day before.

It is still unclear how many workers were there on that fateful day.