New Delhi: A haunting photo clicked by Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter for Time magazine's LightBox section has gone viral. The photo shows an unidentified couple in a final embrace with half of their bodies buried in rubble and a trickle of blood running down one eye of the man like a tear drop.
The photograph appears in this week's TIME International alongside an essay by David Von Drehle. The magazine quoted Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam as saying that the "image, while deeply disturbing, is also hauntingly beautiful. An embrace in death, its tenderness rises above the rubble to touch us where we are most vulnerable."
Akhter said she tried desperately but did not find any clue to the couple's identity.
Dozens of bodies recovered on Wednesday from the collapsed garment factory building were so decomposed they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster topped 800.
Following protests, authorities also began disbursing salaries and other benefits to survivors of the collapse.
Police said 803 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of the eight-story Rana Plaza building by late afternoon and more were expected as salvage work continued two weeks after the April 24 collapse.
There is no clear indication of how many bodies still remain trapped in the debris because the exact number of people inside the building at the time of the collapse is unknown. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association earlier said 3,122 workers were employed at the five factories housed in the building, but it was not clear how many were there during the packed morning shift when it collapsed. (With inputs from AP)