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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Factory collapse deaths pass 700

Published 07/05/2013 | 08:36

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Workers and army personnel use heavy machinery as they work to clear the site of the collapsed factory in Bangladesh (AP)

The death toll from last month's collapse of a building housing garment factories in Bangladesh has passed 700, police have said.

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The police control room overseeing the recovery operation said the toll reached 705 as workers pulled more bodies out of the wreckage of the country's worst-ever industrial disaster.

Meanwhile, hundreds of garment workers who survived the April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza blocked a major highway near the accident site in a Dhaka suburb to demand wages and other benefits.

The protesters were employed in five garment factories housed in the illegally built eight-storey building.

Local government administrator Yousuf Harun said they are working with a garment industry body to ensure the workers are paid.

No violence was reported, although traffic was disrupted for hours.

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