WRAPUP 6-Rescuers comb Bangladesh rubble for 2nd night, 260 dead

Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:54pm EDT
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* Around 2,000 rescued over two days

* Cracks found in building day before collapse

* Canada's Loblaw, UK's Primark had suppliers at site

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul

SAVAR, Bangladesh, April 25 (Reuters) - Employees at a garment factory that collapsed in Bangladesh killing at least 260 people were told to work despite warnings it was unsafe, officials said on Thursday as an unknown number of the more than 3,000 workers remained trapped in the rubble.

Survivors described a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building, where most of the employees were women, crashed all around them. Dhaka District police chief Habibur Rahman said about 2,000 people had been rescued over two days.

Wednesday's disaster refocused attention on Western high-street brands that use Bangladesh as a source of low cost goods. North American and European chains including British retailer Primark and Canada's Loblaw said they were supplied by factories in the building.

"I thought there was an earthquake," said Shirin Akhter, 22, who was starting her day at the New Wave Style workshop, six floors up, when the complex crumbled. Akhter was trapped for more than 24 hours before breaking through a wall with a metal bar. She said her monthly wage was $38.   Continued...