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Death Toll In Pakistan Factory Collapse Rises


A Pakistani woman waits for news of her son missing under the rubble of a factory on the outskirts of Lahore that collapsed on November 4.

A Pakistani woman waits for news of her son missing under the rubble of a factory on the outskirts of Lahore that collapsed on November 4.

The death toll from a factory collapse near Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore rose to 44 on November 8.

Muhammad Usman, a top administration official in Lahore, told the AFP news agency that 41 bodies were recovered and three wounded workers died at a hospital. He added that the chances of finding more "miracle" survivors were slim.

On November 6, rescuers found a teenager who was trapped for 50 hours under the rubble.

Officials say at least 150 people were in the factory when it crashed on November 4.

It remains unclear how many -- dead or alive -- may still be trapped.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said it is possible the factory may have suffered structural damage in a 7.5 magnitude earthquake last month.

Based on reporting by AFP
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