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Rescue operation with heavy equipment starts

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 05:33 PM

Army rescue team has started a debris removal operation at 11:20pm tonight, five days after the much-talked-about Rana Plaza collapse at Savar.

The rescue operation kicked off 25 minutes after Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Shahinul Islam briefed reporters about their plan to start, our correspondent Samiul Bashar Anik reported from the site. 

The operation, styled by the army as “Equipmental Evacuation”, was set to begin after sunset but was postponed after more survivors were traced in the afternoon.

Maj Gen Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardi of the ninth Infantry Division, which leads the rescue operation, disclosed the plan to remove debris from the site in a press briefing this morning.

He said heavy crane, lifting equipment, ladder crane, cutting equipment, dumper, lighting vehicle, body racks and dozers will be used in the second phase of the rescue operation.

Meanwhile, tension was created after the army rescue team announced the removal operation since the relatives of the missing were still hopeful about getting back their dear ones.

Volunteers said this may ruin whatever slim chances those trapped inside have of surviving.

They admitted that it would be very tough and time-consuming to rescue those inside, but using heavy equipment would be “inhumane” and may knock the precarious structure off balance.

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