Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Dhaka factory collapse toll passes 1000

The death toll from the garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh 1000.

Reports say that recovery teams are continuing to find bodies in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza building following the worst industrial accident in the country's history.

More than 2500 people were injured in the collapse on April 24.

The recovery operation is expected to finish on Friday. The rubble will then be shifted by bulldozers.

On Friday morning, officials said a total of 1,021 bodies had been recovered from the debris of the fallen factory building in Savar.

Almost 650 have so far been identified and handed over to families.

Scores of other bodies were badly damaged and decomposed prompting authorities to use DNA technology to identify victims.  

Brigadier-General Siddiqul Alam, who is overseeing the recovery operation, told the BBC: "We have found a huge number of bodies in the stairwell and under the staircases.  When the building started to collapse, workers thought they would be safe under the staircases."

"Each time we moved a slab of concrete, we found a stack of bodies."

Bodies are being taken to a nearby school building where relatives of those still missing are waiting.

Reports say the silence is frequently broken by wailing as victims are identified by their families.

A number of people have been arrested and charged with causing deaths by negligence.

Protesters have taken to the streets calling for the death penalty for the Rana Plaza's owner, Mohammad Sohel Rana.

Just a day before the collapse, the building was briefly evacuated when cracks appeared in the walls.

However, workers were later allowed back in or told to return by the factory owners.

The government has launched an inquiry. Preliminary findings suggest vibrations from four giant generators on the compound's upper floors triggered the collapse.

The Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, wrote in an article published by local newspapers on Thursday that the disaster was "a symbol of our failure as a nation".



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