Bangladesh garment factory toll rises
- Published: 1/05/2013 at 11:10 AM
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The death toll rose to 413 in the collapse of a building in Bangladesh, as rescuers found more bodies in the rubble on Wednesday, the authorities said.
More than 600 people were still unaccounted for eight days after the accident, and many bodies were feared trapped in the rubble.
Several hundred distraught relatives of missing garment workers were keeping vigil at the site in Savar, 25 kilometres north-west of Dhaka, where the eight-storey building collapsed April 24.
More than 2,400 people were injured when garment factories, a bank and shops were crushed.
Relatives registered names of more than 1,300 people with the police as missing, but officials said the number would be lower because of duplication in enrolling the names.
The non-governmental National Labour Committee said it had found labels of international brands Joe Fresh, owned by Loblaws Inc of Ontario of Canada; The Children’s Place and Cato Corp of the United States; Primark and Papaya Denim of Britain; and Velilla of Spain among others in the rubble.
Bangladesh is under pressure to meet international labour standards for its garment industry, which accounts for 79% of the country's export earnings.
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