Rescue Efforts Halted at Collapsed Bangladesh Building

Last Wednesday, an eight-story commercial building called Rana Plaza, in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed suddenly with more than 3,000 garment industry workers inside. In the five days since, rescuers have been digging frantically, searching for survivors, rescuing hundreds. As of today, with the confirmed death toll nearing 400, attempts to locate any more survivors have been halted. Eight people have been arrested so far, including the owner of the illegally-constructed facility, who was apparently caught while trying to flee to India yesterday. In the days since the disaster, families displayed photographs as they gathered around the destroyed building, hundreds of their loved ones still listed as missing.

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