As Recovery Ends, Bangladesh Offers Prayer to 1,127 Victims

Army says there are no more bodies to be found in rubble

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2013 3:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – A mass prayer was held today to honor the victims of the garment industry's worst-ever disaster after the military officially ended recovery efforts at the site of the Dhaka building collapse. After 20 days of digging, the death toll stands at 1,127, with 2,438 rescued alive and 98 still listed as missing, CNN reports. "We said we wouldn't stop until there were no more victims, and we didn't," an army spokesman says. "We are confident we have found them all." Factories in a Dhaka-area garment manufacturing hub were shut down yesterday after workers citing safety concerns refused to show up.

A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble during search and recovery efforts Sunday.
A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble during search and recovery efforts Sunday.   (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
A Bangladeshi rescue worker puts a red flag, marking the end of rescue operations at the site where a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed on April 24 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A Bangladeshi rescue worker puts a red flag, marking the end of rescue operations at the site where a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed on April 24 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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