This takes place nearly 96 hours after the start of the rescue operations.
The press conference took place near the site at around 10:45am. The move was said to have been announced after discussions with representatives from various bodies participating in the salvage operations.
Earlier in the morning, all except rescuers were moved away from the site. Machines like hydraulic cranes and loaders were brought at the site.
Before the press conference took place, rescuers were also moved away.
The incident at Savar claimed 364 lives.
At the press conference, Savar GOC and Major General Chowdhury Hassan Suhrawardy said there were nine more alive in the third floor of the building. Heavy machines will be deployed after they are rescued.
Such rescue operations are carried out in three phases - use of ‘manual method’ first to take out those alive. The latter two phases are for removing the debris.
“Until now, we prioritised the safety of those alive and trapped inside. We were on the first phase. But now, manual method is proving a bit tough. That is why we are turning to some use of technology.”
Representatives of the various bodies involved in the rescue operations said now there was a risk to continue ‘manual operations’ after four days, he said.
“We have agreed to use equipment for the first phase of operations now. The use has to be careful. This will speed up work and ensure the safety of those alive. There is no other option without equipment now.”