Bangladesh building collapse death toll rises

26 April 2013

The death toll after Wednesday’s collapse of a building in Bangladesh has risen to 273 people and looks set to rise higher as hundreds are still missing, local officials say.

More than 40 people have been rescued since Thursday from the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka, which housed multiple garment factories.

Angry protesters have taken to the streets of Dhaka for a second day, demanding the authorities arrest the owner of the collapsed building and improve conditions for garment workers.

Police said that at least 10,000 people had gathered for the demonstrations and described the situation as "volatile".

Police used tear-gas and rubber bullets to break up the crowds, which had blocked roads, torched buses and attacked textile factories.

There are reports that the building owner, currently in hiding, had illegally added three extra stories to the building, the BBC said.

Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30km outside Dhaka, when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.

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