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Bangladesh garment disaster death toll crosses 800

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from the collapse of a building housing five garment factories has climbed to nearly 900, officials said Thursday, as authorities continue to search for more bodies two weeks after the disaster.

Following protests, authorities also began disbursing salaries and other benefits to survivors of the collapse.

Also Wednesday, the European Union's delegation to Bangladesh urged the government to "act immediately" to improve working conditions. Authorities said the government has closed 18 garment factories in recent days for failing to meet work and safety standards.

Police said 892 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 after the April 24 collapse. There is no clear indication of how many bodies remain in the debris.

There is no clear indication of how many bodies still remain trapped in the debris. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive.

Bangladeshis hold portraits of missing relatives 
Wednesday at a makeshift morgue near Dhaka.

Associated Press

Bangladeshis hold portraits of missing relatives Wednesday at a makeshift morgue near Dhaka.

8 dead in garment factory fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A fire has raced through an 11-story building housing a garment factory and residential complex, killing at least eight people. Fire officials say the fire broke out late Wednesday. By this morning, firefighters had found eight people dead. The factory was closed during the accident. A police official and the owner of the factory are among the dead.

Associated Press

Bangladesh garment disaster death toll crosses 800 05/08/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 1:09am]
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