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
As Recovery Ends, Bangladesh Offers Prayer to 1,127 Victims
A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble during search and recovery efforts Sunday.   (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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. (Read more Rana Plaza stories.)

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