May 14 - Prayers are offered for the more than a thousand people killed in the Bangladesh factory collapse as rescuers end their operation. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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With the death toll now at 1,127, the search for victims of the Bangladesh factory collapse, one of the world's most deadly industrial accidents, is called off.
Officials said almost 2,500 people were rescued alive-- including one woman extracted from the rubble 17 days after the disaster.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) COLONEL IMRANUZZAMAN SAYING:
"Our rescue operation had been officially called off yesterday evening. Our General Commanding Officer Chowdhury Hasan Sohrwardi had a press briefing yesterday, he expressed elaborately and explained about different aspects of this operation. And today we are waiting, we will have a special prayer, and after that we will go out from this area."
Military personnel and relatives of those killed gathered to offer prayers, some raising pictures of their lost loved ones.
The disaster, believed to have been triggered when generators were started up during a blackout, has put a spotlight on Western retailers who use the impoverished South Asian nation - the world's biggest exporter of clothing after China - as a source for cheap goods.
A series of deadly incidents at factories in the country, including a fire in November that killed 112 people, has focused global attention on safety standards in its booming garment industry.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the disaster.
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