Bangladesh Dhaka building collapse: pictures

By MSN UK News Reuters/Andrew Biraj
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Dozens killed and hundreds injured as rescue operation continues

Dozens of people have been killed and many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Work is continuing to rescue those beneath the debris. At least 200 people are believed to have been injured by the collapse. The building contained a clothing factory, a bank and several other shops. It collapsed during the morning rush hour.

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A man is rescued from the ruins of the collapsed building

Workers in the Rana Plaza building said it had developed such severe cracks the day before that it had been reported on local news channels. They hesitated to enter the building this morning, said Abdur Rahim, who worked in a garment factory on the fifth floor. But a manager from the factory assured them there was no problem, so they went inside, he said. "We started working. After about an hour or so the building collapsed suddenly," he said. He next remembered regaining consciousness outside the building.

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Rescue workers use clothes to help bring down survivors

The collapse happened about 8.30am local time. Since garment factories in the area routinely work 24 hours a day, it appeared likely that the four housed in the building were staffed at the time.

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Rescue workers and people look for survivors in the rubble

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site, some of them survivors, some searching for family members. Firefighters and soldiers using drilling machines and cranes worked together with local volunteers in the search for other survivors from the building.

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The search goes on for survivors in the wreckage of the building

A fire in November 2012 at the Tazreen garment factory drew international attention to the conditions workers suffer in the £13bn-a-year textile industry in Bangladesh. The country has about 4,000 garment factories and exports clothes to leading Western retailers.

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A relative holds a picture of a missing worker, who was in the Rana Plaza when it collapsed

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Rescuers help an injured woman from the rubble

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Crowds gather at the scene of the disaster

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Rescuers assist an injured woman out of the wreckage

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Workers use pieces of clothes to bring down a survivor