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Building collapses in Bangladesh, nearly 100 dead

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 - 00:54

April 24 - A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing nearly 100 people and injuring hundreds more. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT-NO REPORTER NARRATION An eight-storey block housing garment factories and a shopping centre collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing nearly 100 people and injuring hundreds more, officials said. Fire fighters and army personnel worked frantically through the day at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka, to rescue people trapped in the rubble. Television showed young women workers, some apparently semi-conscious, being pulled from the debris. One fireman told Reuters that about 2,000 people were in the building when the upper floors jolted down on top of each other. Bangladesh's booming garment industry has been plagued by fires and other accidents for years, despite a drive to improve safety standards. In November last year, 112 workers were killed in a blaze at the Tazreen factory in a nearby industrial suburb. An official at a control room set up to provide information about the missing and injured said that 96 people were confirmed dead and more than 700 were injured.

Building collapses in Bangladesh, nearly 100 dead

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 - 00:54

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