Death toll in Bangladesh collapse soars past 1,100

Death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse soars past 1,100 as recovery operation continues

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Woman rescued from Bangladesh rubble recovering

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In this photo taken by a mobile phone camera, survivor of a collapsed building Reshma Begum lie down on a bed as she receives treatment at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Begum was working in a factory on the second floor of Rana Plaza when the building began collapsing around her April 24. For 17 days, the 19-year-old seamstress lay trapped in a dark basement pocket beneath thousands of tons of wreckage as temperatures outside climbed into the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit) and was finally rescued on Friday. (AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous)

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- Police say the death toll from the collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh has soared past 1,100 as recovery operations continue.

Doctors say a seamstress who was rescued 17 days after the eight-story building collapsed is recovering in a hospital, but is exhausted, panicked and dehydrated.

Her discovery in the rubble Friday brought a boost to the rescue workers. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task and the death toll reached 1,115 in the world's worst garment industry disaster.

"We will not leave the operation until the last dead body and living person is found," said Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy, the head of the local military units in charge of rescue operations.

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