More Than 300 Dead in Bangladesh Building Collapse

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) – It’s been more than two days since a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, but authorities say at least some workers are still alive in the debris today — 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 has topped 300, 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 have 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 is missing said he wants to go inside and look for her.

(Copyright 2013, Associated Press, All rights reserved.)

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