Rain disrupts salvage work as death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse continues to rise

Published May 12, 2013

| Associated Press

Rain has caused delays in recovery operations as the death toll from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh continues to climb past 1,100.

Overnight rainstorms forced rescuers to suspend work for several hours, and more rain Sunday morning caused a brief delay. By late Sunday morning, crews were back at work as they continued looking for bodies more than two weeks after the eight-story factory collapsed.

Maj. Moazzem Hossain, a rescue team leader, said the recovered bodies were decomposed and beyond recognition. Search teams were trying to identify the victims with their identity cards.

Workers have recovered 1,120 bodies from the ruins of the fallen Rana Plaza building, which housed five garment factories employing thousands of workers.

The April 24 accident is the world's worst garment industry disaster.