Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Savar toll reaches 940

121 more bodies retrieved

Rescuers carry a body that recovered from the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza at Savar on Thursday. The nine-storey building, housing several garment factories, collapsed on April 24. Photo: SK Enamul Haq

Rescuers carry a body that recovered from the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza at Savar on Thursday. The nine-storey building, housing several garment factories, collapsed on April 24. Photo: SK Enamul Haq

The death toll from Savar building collapse has reached 940 on Thursday as 121 more bodies were retrieved from the debris on the 16th day of the disaster.

This is the highest number of bodies found in a single day since the second phase of rescue operation began on April 28 using heavy machinery.

A total of 671 bodies have been handed over to their families.

Rescuers still expect more bodies from the rubble of Rana Plaza at Savar as many have remained missing since the country’s deadliest industrial disaster on April 24.

According to the ISPR control room, the number of people rescued alive were 2,437.

Rana Plaza, which housed several garment factories, collapsed after owners forced several thousand workers to work there even after cracks had developed on some pillars and floors the day before.

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

  • speechless

    Shocked at the inhuman justice .

  • Vikram Khan

    Most shockingly; after 2 weeks, the Savar mass murder disappeared from the head lines in the (international) news. Nine dead was a tragedy, 900 dead became a statistic.

  • Anwar Hossain

    It is totally unbelievable terrible massacre.we didn’t want to see this kind of scenario ever never.

  • Sharukh Khan

    The heart bleeds…..a tragedy beyond imagination. A mass murder by greedy owners and retailers. Quick and easy money has a price and the poor workers paid with their bones and bloods.

  • Raheem

    My condolence with the family and their love ones. This is one the greatest tragedy in the world. Bangladesh should learn from its mistake. Government should do more to help the victims, responsibility lies on them and greedy, corrupt, dangerous owners.

  • Faisal Zakaria

    What is happening with the building owner and the 5 garments owners? When will they be charged with murder? PM cannot tell CNN that this was accident. Additional floors were planned – no accident about it. Workers were forced to go back to work – no accident about it. So, I am not sure what the PM had referred to as accident.