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160 Killed in Bangladesh Building Collapse

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People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013.

People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 24, 2013.

The death toll from the collapsed building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories has risen to 147.

Rescue officials say emergency personnel continue to dig through the rubble at the Rana Plaza shopping center in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, to find people who remain trapped in the debris.

One firefighter told Reuters there were about 2,000 people on the upper floors of the building at the time of its collapse. Survivors say the collapse happened within minutes.

Savar, Bangladesh

Savar, Bangladesh

Police officials say the factory owners appeared to have ignored a warning not to allow their workers into the building after inspectors discovered cracks in it on Tuesday.

Buildings in and around Dhaka often do not comply with construction regulations. Dozens of people died when a garment factory collapsed in the same area eight years ago.

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In November, a fire at a garment factory killed more than 100 workers, raising an outcry about safety in the nation's garment industry.

Bangladesh has the second-largest garment industry in the world, providing cheap clothes for major Western brands and retailers, which benefit from the South Asian nation's abundant low-cost labor.

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