Bangladesh building death toll tops 500


More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said after arresting an engineer who said the building was unsafe but is accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure. The arrest on Friday of Rana Plaza consultant Adbur Razzak brought to nine the number of people held over the April 24 disaster, which has put the spotlight on the many Western clothing retailers who use Bangladesh as a source of cheap goods. Bangladesh’s government has come under fire over its handling of the disaster, as relatives of those trapped in the rubble of the building in Savar, about 30km north-west of Dhaka, searched for loved ones without a central list to track the rescued or dead.