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147 Killed in Bangladesh Building Collapse

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 some 2,000 people on the upper floors of the building when it fell Wednesday.

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.



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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