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Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A relative holds a picture of a missing woman in front of the body of a garment worker who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in the Dhaka suburb of Savar.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Bodies of garment workers lie among the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, Dhaka.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers, army personnel, police and members of the media run in fear after someone shouted that a neighbouring building is also collapsing.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers carry a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A garment worker is pulled alive from the wreckage by rescue workers.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers believe dozens of people are still alive almost two days after the Rana Plaza complex collapsed.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
According to Maj. Gen Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, who is overseeing the rescue operation, emergency crews will continue working non-stop to salvage as many people as possible.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A rescue worker carries his injured colleague after they heard someone shouting that the building next to the Rana Plaza is collapsing.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A rescue worker sleeps on top of a truck as the remains of garment workers are loaded on it in front of the collapsed Rana Plaza building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A rescue worker looks around as he stands in front of the rubble of the collapsed building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Relatives mourn as they show a picture of a garment worker, who is believed to be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A woman holds the picture of a relative believed to be trapped under building rubble. The rescue work will continue until Saturday.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Relatives wait for a trapped garment worker to be rescued under the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Locals gather as they watch a rescue operation at the collapsed Rana Plaza building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
A rescue worker sits inside an ambulance as he waits to transport injured garment workers to a nearby hospital for treatment.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers desperately search for trapped garment workers at the collapsed garment factory building.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers look for trapped garment workers in the rubble. Local media reports suggested that despite a huge crack being detected earlier, the owner decided to keep the building open.REUTERS
Bangladesh Factory Building Collapse Photos
Rescue workers cry for help through a window of a building next to the collapsed Rana Plaza building.REUTERS

The death toll in the Bangladesh factory collapse has passed 300 but the latest reports suggest 41 people were rescued from debris of the collapsed building late on Thursday evening.

Brigadier Geneneral Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, in charge of the rescue operation, has confirmed that a total of 2,200 people have so far been rescued from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building.

Though it is still unclear how many people were actually inside the building when the upper floors began to give way on Wednesday evening, an NBC report suggests that 3,122 workers were employed there.

An Associated Press report from the scene describes the overpowering stench of dead bodies, and the cries of those still alive inside the rubble.

"I want to live. It's so painful here," a man still trapped beneath the rubble cried out to journalists.

"It's hard to remain alive here. It would have been better to die than enduring such pain to live on," said another man, according to the BBC.

Rescue workers are functioning non-stop to retrieve as many people as possible from beneath the rubble, in what has been described as a race against time.

"We know a human being can survive for up to 72 hours in this situation. So our efforts will continue non-stop," Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy said, according to the report.

A military official told reporters that search and rescue operations would continue until Saturday at least.

Following the building collapse, workers from many other garment factories have taken to streets across the surrounding suburb of Savar in protests.

Local media reported that, despite a huge crack being detected and engineers ordering an evacuation the day before the collapse, the owner decided to keep the building open.

"Workers expressed concerns about the building and nothing was done," Liana Foxvog, of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), told IBTimes UK.

The majority of the factory buildings in Bangladesh are "not compliant with safety measures," she continued. "If they were operative in the US or the UK they would have been told to shut down immediately."

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