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Death Toll From Bangladeshi Factory Collapse Passes 700

Several hundred people were crushed to death after the eight-story building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 24.
The death toll from the collapse of a building that housed garment factories in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has passed 700.

Police officials said on May 7 that the number of victims climbed again as workers pulled more bodies from the scene of country's worst industrial disaster.

Police say that more than 2,400 people were rescued.

Meanwhile, hundreds of survivors from the April 24 disaster blocked a road near Dhaka to demand wages and compensation.

They were employed in the five factories in Rana Plaza, the building that collapsed.

The incident has put pressure on Dhaka to meet international labor standards for its garment industry, which accounts for 79 percent of export earnings.

Another incident in November left 112 workers dead after a factory caught fire near the capital.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP