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New Delhi, May 3 (EFE).- The death toll from last week's collapse of a building housing textile factories rose to 510 on Friday, making it the worst industrial accident in the history of Bangladesh.

Ten days after the tragedy struck, rescue services continue recovering bodies from the piles of rubble, all that remains of the nine-story structure.

Besides the 510 confirmed dead, 2,437 have been rescued alive, a number that has remained unchanged since last Monday.

"Today, Friday, we've recovered 32 new bodies, Bangladeshi army spokesman Shahinul Islam told Efe.

"Army, firefighters, Red Crescent volunteers and expert technicians are continuing rescue operations 24 hours a day non-stop.

An indeterminate number of workers - estimates range from 400 to 1,000 - continue among the missing, probably buried under the ruins, though several more days will be needed to pull them all out, military sources said.

The Rana Plaza building, located in Savar, an industrial suburb outside the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, collapsed on April 24 with at least 3,000 people inside who were forced to work even though police had warned the day before of the existence of cracks in the structure,

The mayor of Savar, Mohammed Refatula, was dismissed by the government on Thursday for negligence, and up to now police have arrested almost 10 people.

Among those arrested was the building's owner, who has close ties to the ruling Awami League party, owners of garment factories based inside the building and municipal engineers.

Spanish businessman David Mayor, head of Phantom-Tac, one of the textile factories located inside the building, is wanted by Bangladeshi police.

The disaster has shone a fresh spotlight on poor working conditions at the South Asian nation's textile factories, which supply Western multinational corporations.

International retailers Primark, El Corte Ingles, Bonmarche and Joe Fresh have thus far confirmed they were supplied by one of the factories located inside the collapsed building.

Some 3.4 million people are employed in the textile industry in Bangladesh, which is home to some 4,200 garment factories, and textiles accounted for 78 percent of the country's total exports in 2011-2012.

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