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Despair in Bangladesh as death toll tops 300

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 00:40

April 26 - Despair in Bangladesh as the death toll passes 300 after the collapse of a building housing factories that supply Western brands. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Bangladesh textile workers vented their anger on Friday, as the death toll passed 300 following the collapse of a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands. Miraculously rescuers were still pulling people alive from the rubble - two days after the eight-story building collapsed on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. But there were fears that hundreds of people were still trapped in the wreckage of the building, which officials said had been built illegally without the correct building permits. A spokesman for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she had ordered the arrest of the owners of the building and of the five factories that occupied it. Army spokesman Shahinur Islam said the death toll had reached 304 and H.T. Imam, an adviser to the prime minister, said it could exceed 350. Anger over the working conditions of Bangladesh's 3.6 million garment workers, the overwhelming majority of them women, has grown steadily since the disaster, with thousands taking to the streets to protest on Friday.

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Despair in Bangladesh as death toll tops 300

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 00:40