Bangladesh building collapse: An end to recovery efforts, a promise of a new start

Updated 5:17 PM EDT, Fri June 14, 2013
01:31 - Source: CNN
Last Bangladesh collapse survivor speaks

Story highlights

As recovery efforts end, the final death toll stands at 1,127

Another 2,438 people were rescued alive

On Tuesday, the army hands over the site to local authorities to complete the cleanup

"This building will stand a hundred years," owner boasted a day before collapse

Savar, Bangladesh CNN —  

Across from the detritus of Bangladesh’s deadliest industrial disaster, up four flights of narrow stairs and inside the makeshift offices of the recovery operations, stands a dry erase board that marks, in neat black handwriting, each life a nine-story building claimed when it pancaked to the ground last month.

On some days, as rescue workers pulled body after body from the mountain of steel and concrete, the number would spiral past 100.

On Monday, it settled at zero.

And so, after 20 days of non-stop digging, the army-led effort to pull out every last body from the ruins of Rana Plaza in the Dhaka suburb of Savar came to an end.

“We said we wouldn’t stop until there were no more victims, and we didn’t,” said army Capt. Ibrahim Islam. “We are confident we have found them all.”

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The tally stands at 1,127 dead and 2,438 rescued alive. But Islam is the first to admit that only God knows exactly how many occupants were inside the building when it came tumbling down April 24.