Bangladesh factory collapse deaths pass 700

Hundreds of garment workers protest near accident site demanding unpaid wages

Rescue workers are continuing to pull bodies out of the wreckage of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Rescue workers are continuing to pull bodies out of the wreckage of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Dhaka. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Tue, May 7, 2013, 11:38

The death toll from last month’s collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh has passed 700, police said today.

The police control room overseeing the recovery operation said the toll reached 705 as workers pulled more bodies out of the wreckage of the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster.

Also today, hundreds of garment workers who survived the April 24th collapse of Rana Plaza blocked a major highway near the accident site in a Dhaka suburb to demand wages and other benefits.

The protesters were employed in five garment factories housed in the illegally built eight-storey building.

Local government administrator Yousuf Harun said they are working with a garment industry body to ensure the workers are paid.

No violence was reported, although traffic was disrupted for hours.