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Death toll in Bangladesh collapse climbs above 240

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New Delhi, Apr 25 (EFE).- The number of people confirmed dead after the collapse of a building housing several textile factories stands at 243, Bangladeshi authorities said Thursday.

More than 1,000 others were injured in the disaster in Savar, a suburb of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.

The eight-story Rana Plaza, whose tenants included five textile factories, a market and a bank branch, collapsed early on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters, police and military personnel rescued several hundred people from among the rubble, while efforts are continuing to find survivors.

Rescue teams found another 24 survivors early Thursday night, 35 hours after the collapse, Dhaka emergency services director Ali Ahmed Khan told The Daily Star.

Amirul Haque Amin, the president of the National Garment Workers Federation, told Efe that the building had about 4,000 workers in it at the time of the collapse, and so the death toll "could rise a lot."

The global Clean Clothes Campaign seeks to improve the situation of workers in textile factories and raise awareness among international clothing companies about the situation in countries such as Bangladesh.

"The multinationals operate with providers, who are controlled by them through auditing firms, but then those providers subcontract the production to other companies, which do not comply with any security measures," the CCC's Eva Kreisler said.

Bangladesh is the country with the lowest production costs in the clothing industry and so companies from all over the world, including China, are outsourcing part of their production to the South Asian country, according to the CCC.

According to NGWF figures, in the past 15 years there have been some 600 deaths and 3,000 injuries in fires, collapses and other accidents at textile factories.

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