The death toll from building collapse in Savar, in the outskirts of Dhaka, reached 219 on Thursday as the rescuers continued frantic efforts to save those trapped inside the rubble of the building, for the second day.

Special prayers were offered in mosques, temples, pagodas and other places of worship.

Rana Plaza, a nine-storey buildingcollapsed on Wednesday morning, with a number of people inside.