No more survivors likely in Bangladesh tragedy

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 12:04 AM

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh say work at a collapsed building is now a debris removal and recovery operation and they have given up hope of finding more survivors.

Heavy machinery has been brought in to remove the rubble and look for bodies.

At least 380 people were killed when the illegally-constructed, 8-story building that housed garment factories collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning. About 2,500 survivors have been accounted for. The building owner was arrested Sunday in a western border town while he was trying to flee to India. Six other people have also been detained.

The collapse was the deadliest disaster to hit the $20 billion garment industry in Bangladesh which supplies global retailers and is a mainstay of the economy.

Rescuers had worked around the clock since Wednesday, mostly using hands and light equipment to pull out survivors.

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