Death toll tops 500 in Bangladesh factory disaster

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Death toll tops 500 in Bangladesh factory disaster

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More than 500 people are now known to have died in the Bangladeshi garment factory collapse, and scores are still missing nine days after the tragedy.

Engineer Abdur Razzak, who was involved in the construction of the eight-storey structure but who warned it was unsafe the day before the disaster has become the ninth person to be arrested.

Canadian retailer Loblaw has become the latest Western client to react, saying it will now insist on “building integrity” before doing business.

“Since last night till now we have found 40 more bodies, numbers are increasing, still bodies are coming,” said volunteer rescuer Jalil Miah.

Many families are camped out in the streets surrounding the wrecked building, hoping against hope that their missing loved ones will be found alive.