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Bangladesh 'death toll rising'

Rescue work on a collapsed building in Bangladesh has entered a sixth day, but officials say they no longer expect to find any survivors.

Heavy lifting gear is now being used to raise slabs of concrete at the Rana Plaza garment factory, where at least 380 died after Wednesday's collapse.

It is believed the death toll could reach more than double that, perhaps as many as a thousand.

There were 3000 people in the building at the time, many of them working on production lines making cheap clothes for British high street shops.

A fire disrupted rescue work on Sunday.

There is no official figure on the number of people still missing, but Akram Hossain, a deputy director of the fire service, said their chances of survival were "diminishing by the minute".

Anger at the building's collapse has triggered days of violent protests in Dhaka.

Police arrested the owner of the building and three proprietors of export-oriented garment factories, alleging that they compelled people to work in the building despite it developing visible cracks a day before the tragedy.

The BBC's correspondent in Bangladesh, Andrew North explained that he had been watching the rescue effort.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 29 April 2013.

  • 29 Apr 2013
  • From the section World