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160 Killed in Bangladesh Building Collapse

The death toll from the collapse of building that housed several garment factories in Bangladesh has jumped to 160 as emergency workers continue to search for survivors. About 1,000 people were injured in the accident.

Officials said Thursday that many people remain trapped under the ruins of the building in Savar, a suburb of Dhaka.

The building fell Wednesday. Survivors say the collapse happened within minutes.

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.

Authorities say charges have been filed against the owner of the building and charges are also expected to be filed against the factory owners.

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



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

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