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Savar death toll hits 374

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 02:30 PM

The death toll in the Savar building collapse has risen to at least 374 people dead and over 2,451 injured.

According to the control room, the rescue workers traced seven more people in the debris this afternoon.

Earlier, they found nine people on the third floor of the building this morning. Of them, five were rescued so far.

Fire service officials said the rescue operation was disrupted due to rain yesterday morning, which also caused sufferings to the victims’ relatives who had long been waiting at Adharchandra School ground in search of their near and dear ones.

However, the rescuers covered the holes of the collapsed building with canvasses and thick polythene during the rain.

Rescue teams were going in from seven entry points dug into the rubble, fire service officials said. Every once in a while a badly decomposed body would be brought out, covered in cloth and plastic, to a spot where ambulances were parked.

Workers furiously sprayed air-fresheners on the bodies to cover the stench, leaving the air thick with the smell of death and cheap perfume.

The bodies were kept at the nearby Adharchandra High School grounds before being handed over to families. Many people milled around at the school, waving photos of their missing loved ones.

Heavy equipment was still not used at the site for fear of crushing survivors. "We will continue our operation for more survivors as long as it is required. We are not thinking of wrapping up of our effort any time soon," a military spokesman said.

Police in riot gear formed a cordon around the site to keep away hundreds of protesters who have been venting their anger at the situation since Wednesday. 

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