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Death toll in Bangladesh collapse rises to over 800

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New Delhi, May 8 (EFE).- The death toll from the collapse of a building last month housing several clothing factories outside Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has risen to 803, officials said Wednesday.

Relatives of the dead are having a difficult time identifying the victims because of the advanced state of decomposition of the bodies.

Recovery teams pulled 51 bodies out of the rubble of the Rana Plaza, which collapsed on April 24, in the past few hours, the army said.

A total of 580 bodies have been released to relatives, with the rest of the remains still requiring identification and an undetermined number of bodies still in the rubble, Bdnews24 reported.

DNA tests are being used to identify some of the bodies that are in an advanced state of decomposition, officials said.

The tragedy has rocked Bangladesh and drawn attention to the unsafe conditions under which many workers toil in the Asian country's clothing factories, which supply garments to companies around the world.

Primark, El Corte Ingles, Bon Marche, Joe Fresh and Benetton have confirmed that some of the clothing factories affected by the collapse supplied them with garments, while others, such as Mango, said they had ordered samples from the factories.

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