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April 26, 2013

304 Dead in Building Collapse, Bangladesh

The search for survivors continues in one of the worst manufacturing disasters in history. Fifty survivors were found today; the death toll stands at 304. Terrified workers notified the police, government officials and a powerful garment industry group about cracks in the walls, discovered just days before the collapse. The owner of the eight-story Rana Plaza assured 3,000 workers that the structure was safe and they returned to their jobs. The death toll nears 300 with more workers trapped under the massive concrete and wire. A small collection of the hundreds of images made over the last three days, follows. -- Paula Nelson ( 30 photos total)

A Bangladeshi woman weeps holding a picture of her missing husband as she waits at the site of a building that collapsed April 24, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 26, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)

Bangladeshi volunteers, rescue workers, family and friends gather at the scene after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 25, 2013. Survivors cried out to rescuers from the rubble of a block of garment factories. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

A Bangladeshi woman is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site of a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

Bangladeshi rescuers work at the site of a building collapse. The Death toll has reached 304. (A.M. Ahad/Associated Press)#

Volunteers and rescue workers assist in rescue operations 48 hours after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 26, 2013. At the disaster scene, exhausted teams of soldiers, firemen and volunteers continue to work through the mountain of mangled concrete and steel. Amid frustration about the slow pace of the efforts, thousands of anxious relatives burst onto the disaster site, prompting police to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

Rescue workers, army personnel, police and media run after hearing someone shout that a building next to Rana Plaza was collapsing, during the ongoing rescue operation in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 26, 2013. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Bangladeshi people watch as rescuers use a piece of fabric to lower the body of a woman after she was discovered inside a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

A Bangladeshi woman relative of a victim cries at the site of a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013. (A.M. Ahad/Associated Press)#

A Bangladeshi rescuer looking for survivors gestures from beneath a concrete slab, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

Rescuers carry the body of a survivor out from the rubble, April 25, 2013. Fifty survivors were found April 26 as the death toll continued to rise. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

Bangladeshi rescuers work at the site of the collapsed garment building, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

Area residents crowd to watch rescue work in progress at the site of a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013, still hoping to learn the fate of their family and friends. (A.M. Ahad/Associated Press)#

Relatives cry as rescuers continue to search for survivors and victims at the site of a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

A garment worker who was pulled alive from the rubble is removed from the area on a stretcher at the site of a building collapse, April 26, 2013. The death toll grew as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing, after the collapse of an eight-story building housing several garment factories. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A Bangladeshi relative of a victim cries at the site of a building that collapsed, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

A relative of a victim cries at the site of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. The death toll stands at 304. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

A rescuer looking for survivors emerges from beneath a concrete slab of the collapsed building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. (A.M.Ahad/Associated Press)#

A relative of a garment worker checks a body as she searches for her relative who is missing after the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 25, 2013. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

Rescue workers carry a survivor, who was trapped inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, April 25, 2013. People remain trapped under the rubble of a complex that housed garment factories supplying retailers in Europe and North America. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters)#

A rescue worker comforts a survivor, who was trapped inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, April 25, 2013. (Andrew Biraj/Reuters) #

Rescue workers recover the body of a female garment worker, April 25, 2013. Rescuers recovered at least 187 bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building that housed mostly garment factories, officials said. More than 1000 people were injured. Local people rescued more than 100 garment workers. (Abir Abdullah/EPA)#

Rescue workers dig into the damaged part of the eight-story building Rana Plaza, April 25, 2013. More than 1000 people were injured, many are still missing trapped in the rubble. (Abir AbdullahEPA)#

Relatives began identifying bodies near the site of the eight-story building, Rana Plaza, which collapsed at Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25, 2013. Local people rescued more than 100 garment workers and many remain trapped 3 days later. (Abir Abdullay/EPA)#

Relatives check the list of the recovered bodies near the eight-story building, Rana Plaza, April 25, 2013. A group of 50 survivors were found together on April 26, 2013. (Abir Abdullah/EPA)#

Bangladeshi firefighters carry the body of a dead garment worker pulled from the rubble, April 25, 2013. Survivors cried out to rescuers from the rubble of a block of garment factories in Bangladesh. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

A youth reacts after seeing his relatives bodies, April 24, 2013. An eight-story building containing several garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh, and further highlighted documented safety problems in the clothing industry. Armed with concrete cutters and cranes, hundreds of fire service and army rescue workers struggled to find survivors in the mountain of concrete and mangled steel.(Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

Mourners and relatives load bodies onto a rickshaw, April 25, 2013. The death toll in the Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster reached 304 people after rescue workers pulled out scores more corpses from the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

A woman reacts after identifying the body of her husband killed in the collapse of the eight-story building, April 25, 2013. The death toll continues to rise in Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster. Survivors are still being pulled from the rubble of the collapsed garment factory building. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

A man holds his sister's portrait as he attempts to identify her among the bodies of those killed in the collapse of an eight-story building, April 25, 2013. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#

A Bangladeshi garment worker lies crushed under the rubble 48 hours after the eight-story building collapse, April 26, 2013. At the disaster scene, where 304 have been found dead, exhausted teams of soldiers, firemen and volunteers continued to work through the mountain of mangled concrete and steel for a third day after staying on the job for a second straight night. Amid frustration about the slow pace of the efforts, thousands of anxious relatives burst onto the disaster site, prompting police to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd. (Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)#



 
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