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Time is running out to rescue Bangladesh building collapse survivors

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Time is running out to rescue Bangladesh building collapse survivors


Emergency services are racing against the clock to rescue the remaining survivors trapped inside the building which collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Altogether more than 2,000 people have already been rescued, but many more are unaccounted for.

Survivors are facing severe dehydration in temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees. Up to 50 people have been found alive, and should be rescued by Saturday.

Tawfiqul Islam Bhuiyan, a senior station officer of the fire brigade told the unfortunate story of one man who was beyond help.

“Just beneath the place where we are sitting now, a person named Altaf was trapped on the second floor. Unfortunately Altaf was trapped between a column and a beam that bears the load of this multi-story building. So we could not rescue him. He was in a critical condition. Today at 3 pm (09:00 GMT) he died.”

Sorting through the mangled wreckage, rescuers have recovered at least 300 corpses.

Western retailers supplied by the garment factory within the Rana Plaza complex have said they will review working standards.

Relatives are calling for the arrest of the factory owner, who allegedly ignored warnings about the building’s safety just a day before the tragic accident.

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