DHAKA, May 1, 2013 (BSS) - Rescuers today continued their operation with utmost sincerity and "honour" from the debris of collapsed Rana Plaza at suburban Savar and 21 more bodies were retrieved raising the death toll to 412 so far.
"Our salvage campaign still continues ceaselessly . . . as the survey report conducted by the district administration claimed that some 149 people remained still missing till today. And we are trying to retrieve the bodies intact and with due honour", commander of the salvage operations Major General Chowdhury Hassan Sarwardy told at a press briefing at the collapse site. He added: "It is very unlikely that someone is still alive under the rubble on the seventh day of the building collapse . . . but the almighty Allah knows better".
Our Savar Correspondent reports: Rescuers recovered 21 bodies mostly decomposed which could not be identified while over 2,443 of them were rescued alive from under tonnes of concrete rubbles at Rana Plaza's collapse site till today, the 8th day of the rescue operation.
The second phase of the salvage campaign was underway using heavy cranes continued for the third day after exhaustion of the first phase when rescuers put their efforts to retrieve manually survivors and bodies keeping the ruins intact.
Rescuers said under the second phase strategy, rescuers brought sensors and small cameras to detect bodies inside the huge rubble or in between sandwiched floors while two army sniffer dogs were kept ready to be engaged in tracking down bodies.
Meanwhile, relatives of missing people, who were the worst victims of the collapse following the faulty construction of the eight-storey Rana Plaza, continued to thronging at Adharchandra High School ground and near by the collapse building, which housed five garment factories, one branch of private bank and around 300 shops.
Some 32 unclaimed bodies, earlier kept at the mortuaries of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Sir Sallimullah Medical College Hospital (Midfort Hospital), were buried at Jurain graveyard today.
"Earlier 34 bodies brought here for burial at Jurain graveyard, but later 32 unclaimed bodies were buried as two bodies were later identified and handed over to their family members", officer-in-charge (Investigation) of Shaympur police station Abdur Razzak told BSS this evening.