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Rescuers give up hope after building collapse

Rescuers said they had given up hope of finding anyone alive in the rubble of a multi-storey building which collapsed, killing 21 people.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 15:08 IST

Rescuers in Bangladesh on Tuesday said they had given up hope of finding anyone still alive in the rubble of a five-storey building, which collapsed at the weekend, killing 21 people.

"We have found one more dead body inside the rubble. The death toll is now 21," said operations director of the Bangladesh Fire Department, Major Jahiruddin Mohammad Babar.

"More than 72 hours have passed since the building collapsed. We don't think anyone is still alive in the wreckage. If anyone survives, it would be a miracle," he said.

More than 500 army engineers and firemen are still working at the site.

Officials say they have searched much of the collapsed building but that it will still take several days to complete their work.

The Phoenix Building in the capital Dhaka housed street-level shops and small offices. Labourers had been working there on Saturday to convert several upper floors into a private 500-bed hospital.

Last June 73 people died after an illegally constructed garment factory near Dhaka collapsed while packed with night-shift workers.

The collapse was the second disaster to strike the impoverished South Asian nation in a week.

Last Thursday 52 people were killed and more than 100 injured after fire swept through a textile factory in the southeastern port city of Chittagong.