Without safety gear or training to handle such crisis, volunteers, mainly students, garment workers and local youths risk their lives to go inside the debris and pull people out.
In Dhaka, special booths were set where people are donating blood for the victims.
"I have never seen people so enthusiastically helping each other in times of disaster," said Piplu Khan, a media activist who has been helping the rescue efforts from the first day with generator and search lights. "You can imagine it's an impossible task to rescue people with almost no equipment. It's just the emotion of common people who are brave enough to enter inside the rubble with zero gear and rescue people out."
Like him, lots of young activists have come forward in the rescue work in one hand and donating blood and medicine on the other. Social media sites have also been abuzz with people calling to unite and help the victims.
Meanwhile, the long wait for the missing persons is resulting in anger and frustration. On Friday, there was a mob attack for the alleged delay in the rescue process. The huge crowd is also creating hindrances for the rescue mission. The frustration is turning into anger.
Already protesters are demanding punishment of the culprits and speedier rescue work. Fearing the situation might deteriorate, all garment factories in Savar and adjacent areas have been closed. Reports of cracks being noticed in other factory buildings are fueling more fear and anger among workers.
It remains unclear when the whole rescue operation will be called off. With so many missing people and challenges in the rescue efforts, hope appears to be the only thing keeping the whole operation afloat.