April 24, 2013 6:41 am

14 gut-wrenching photos from Bangladesh building collapse

Relatives mourn a victim at the site after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A.M. Ahad / AP Photo

TORONTO – An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital Wednesday morning, trapping hundreds of workers under rubble and killing dozens, local officials said.

Thousands of volunteers and survivors gathered around the building which pancaked onto itself, searching for family members and assisting emergency crews with the search and recovery effort.

Officials believe the factories within the building were fully staffed at the time of the collapse.

Here’s a look at 14 gut-wrenching photos of the devastation.

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A man is pulled from rubble after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Relatives mourn a victim at the site after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescue workers look for survivors after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescuers assist an injured woman after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescuers assist an injured woman after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescue workers look for survivors after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Bangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

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Rescue workers use pieces of clothing to bring down a survivor after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescue workers remove concrete slabs as they look for survivors after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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A survivor reacts in pain as he is carried by a rescuer after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescue workers look for survivors after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Relatives mourn a victim at the site after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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Rescue workers use clothes to bring down survivors and bodies after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Dhaka, Bangladesh.   A.M. Ahad  /AP Photo

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