Savar toll reaches 940
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.