Death Toll In Building Collapse Rises To More Than 300

SAVAR, Bangladesh (April 26, 2013)--More than two days after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh authorities say at least some workers are still alive in the debris, pinned beneath tons of mangled metal and concrete.

Rescuers continue the effort to save them, knowing they probably have just a few hours to live.

The number of dead rose to more than 300 Friday and it's unclear what the final toll will be.

A military spokesman told reporters that 304 bodies had been recovered.

A general who is overseeing rescue operations says 2,200 people have been saved.

Garment manufacturers say the building employed more than 3,100 workers, but it's not clear how many of them were inside when it collapsed Wednesday in a suburb of the capital, Dhaka.

Rescue workers say they are proceeding very cautiously inside the crumbling building, using the hands, hammers and shovels.

A military official says the rescue operations will continue until at least Saturday.

Police cordoned off the site, pushing back thousands of bystanders and relatives, after rescue workers said the crowds were hampering their work.

Clashes later erupted between relatives of those still trapped and police officers, who used batons to disperse the mobs.

Dozens were injured.

One man whose mother was missing said he wanted to go inside and look for her.


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