Thursday, 25 April 2013

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Forty found alive after Dhaka building collapse

                   Rescue workers search for trapped garment workers among the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building
Forty people have been found alive in a room in the ruins of a building on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, a day after it collapsed.

Bangladeshi television broadcast images of the operation at the site of the collapse in the Savar area, which killed more than 220 people.

It is thought many more people may still be unaccounted for.

Police said the owners of factories in the building had ignored warnings about cracks appearing on Tuesday.

Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, some 30km (20 miles) outside Dhaka, when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said those thought to be responsible for the disaster, including the owner - who allegedly told workers to enter the building despite the cracks and has since fled - would be prosecuted.

"Wherever he is, he will be found and brought to justice," she told politicians.

There are reports that the building owner had illegally added three extra stories to the building.

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