Owners in Hiding as Building Collapse Toll Hits 175
Fate of hundreds remains unknown in Bangladesh
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:59 AM CDT
A crowd gathers to watch rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

(Newser) – The death toll has risen to at least 175 in a building collapse outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the whereabouts of perhaps hundreds of people remain unknown. A rescue operation continues, with more survivors thought to be trapped in the building, home to garment factories. Some 2,000 were inside the building during yesterday's collapse. Screams were audible in the rubble as rescuers passed supplies to those trapped, the BBC reports.

More than 1,000 have been hospitalized following the collapse. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a national day of mourning today. Cracks were detected in the building earlier this week, but factory owners reportedly dismissed warnings to keep people out of the building. Now, owners are in hiding, according to reports. "The culprits (will) be punished," says the home minister, noting that the building didn't adhere to codes. The disaster is fueling concerns about the garment industry in the country; Walmart is looking into whether it had ties to the site.

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Apr 25, 2013 6:48 PM CDT
hang owners!!!!!!!!!
Apr 25, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
Rest assured that Walmart has already had many of the reverse manufacturing auctions for the coming Christmas season. This year in Chenzen China, its most likely a $149, 40" LCD tv.
Apr 25, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
I can't put myself into these people's shoes. I do approach it at rescue dog trainings. I can't decide if I want to to another one though. They find a big pile of bridge rubble and use a crane to dig holes by pulling up cement slabs. Then they put most of the slabs back leaving a small breach. Then they top it off with a slab that 6 people can move. You crawl into the hole and they roll the slab over the opening. You stay calm as the rescue dogs try to find you. Since its also a training for new dogs, many of them miss you. They will then get all the dogs together and let the new dogs watch the seasoned ones find someone. They get to see the satisfaction of finding someone buried in rubble. The bad part is the anxiety that overcomes me for the first 5 minutes.