10 May 2013

Bangladesh building death toll over 1000

2:11 pm on 10 May 2013

At least 1000 people are now known to have died in a building collapse in Bangladesh.

A further 130 bodies were recovered from rubble at the Rana Plaza building at Savar, 30km south-west of the capital Dhaka, on Thursday.

The eight-storey building collapsed on 24 April after cracks appeared the day before.

An official told AFP the death toll now stands at 1006. At least 2437 people have been rescued.

It is the country's worst industrial accident and has prompted the government to close 18 garment factories for safety reasons.

Meanwhile, disaster struck again on Thursday when a fire in another garment factory in Dhaka killed eight people, including its owner.