Hunt for survivors after new Bangladesh factory disaster

DHAKA – Rescue teams searched on Friday for survivors in the rubble after a factory collapsed in Bangladesh, killing at least seven people.


Hundreds of soldiers and emergency personnel worked through the night to clear debris from the site of a half-built cement factory in the port town of Mongla, the area’s administrator Shah Alam Sarder told AFP. Twelve people were plucked alive from the rubble overnight but rescuers, who were using two cranes as well as steel cutters, were having to work painstakingly slowly for fear of triggering a fresh collapse. Six bodies have been recovered so far and another could be seen lying under the rubble. At least 53 people were injured, including six whose conditions were critical. More than 90 staff was on the site when the structure started to cave in on Thursday afternoon, trapping scores of workers under a mass of newly-mixed concrete and steel.