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Demands for Action as Bangladesh Death Toll Mounts
Frustration and anger at the cause of last week’s building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, that plunged 3,000 apparel workers into a trap of cement and steel continued to mount at the scene and around the world Monday.
Efforts to find survivors continued through Monday as officials said 386 people have been declared dead and about 900 were still counted as missing. An estimated 2,370 have been rescued, but authorities said it was unlikely that there would be any more survivors found. The collapse of the building is the worst tragedy in the history of Bangladesh’s apparel industry, which has been rocked over the last five months by a series of fires and other disasters that have stirred demands worldwide for action to ensure greater worker safety.
An army spokesman at the site told local newspapers, “We are giving the highest priority to saving people, but there is little hope of finding anyone alive.”
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