Bangladesh building collapse death toll tops 700

  • The death toll from the collapse of an eight-storey factory building outside the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka has risen above 700, according to officials on Tuesday.

    The announcement was made as workers continue to pull more bodies out of the rubble. Many others are still missing.

    Several people, including the building's owner, have been arrested over the April 24 incident.

    The collapse of the Rana Plaza is now Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster and the most deadly structural failure in modern times, excluding the 9/11 attacks in New York.

    The collapse of the Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea, in 1995. A total of 502 people lost their lives in that incident.

    The death toll from Bangladesh now stands at 705. According to officials, around 2,500 people were injured in the collapse. 

    Rescue officials say they do not know exactly how many people are still missing as factory owners failed to give them exact figures. So far, 2,437 people have been rescued.

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