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Bangladesh Building Collapse Death Toll Climbs to 275

The death toll from the collapse of a building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories has jumped to 275 as the search for survivors goes on.

Rescue crews are working non-stop. Rescuers say they can hear the cries of those still trapped in the rubble.

More than 3,000 people were in the building outside Dhaka when it collapsed Wednesday. At least 2,000 people have been rescued since the 8-story building collapsed. More than 1,000 were injured. Authorities do not know exactly how many people are missing.

Police say the owner of the building and factory managers ignored official warnings for people to evacuate the building after inspectors found cracks in it Tuesday. The owner is on the run. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promises he will be caught and punished.



More than a thousand textile workers fought with police Thursday as they protested the accident and Bangladesh's poor factory safety standards. Some of the protesters also blame European and American companies and their demand for low-cost goods from the garment manufacturers.

A fire at another garment factory in November in Bangladesh killed more than 100 workers.

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