Collapsed factory building in Bangladesh kills 145

A man who was trapped in an eight-story building housing several garment factories is rescued after the structure collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The building collapsed near Bangladesh's capital Wednesday morning, killing dozens of people and trapping many more in the rubble, officials said. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) – Bangladesh authorities say the death toll from a building collapse rose to 145 as rescuers worked overnight to find people trapped in the rubble.

Army Brig. Gen. Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder said “many” people are still trapped and a clearer picture of the rescue operation would be available Thursday afternoon.

The eight-story building near Dhaka housed mainly garment factories. It fell Wednesday a day after workers said large cracks had developed in the structure.

Local police chief Mohammaed Asaduzzaman said police and the government’s Capital Development Authority have filed separate cases of negligence against the building owner.

Asaduzzaman said nearly 100 bodies were handed over to their families.

Shikder is overseeing the rescue operation.

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