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Bangladesh ends search for bodies in building collapse

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New Delhi, May 14 (EFE).- The Bangladeshi army brought to an end the work of clearing away rubble and searching for bodies 20 days after the collapse of a factory building that resulted in at least 1,127 deaths, the press said Tuesday.

"We promised that we would continue our rescue mission till we found the last body. Now, there is no possibility of recovering more corpses at this point," Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy told The Daily Star.

The worst industrial accident in the history of the South Asian country injured 2,438 people, while 98 people are still missing.

Of the total number of fatalities, 234 were buried unidentified at a cemetery in Dhaka, the capital, and 59 bodies remain in a medical center in hopes they can be identified by family members or with DNA tests.

The nine-story Rana Plaza complex in the capital suburb of Savar housed five garment factories that made clothing for major international brands.

The catastrophe has sparked widespread protests and shone a fresh spotlight on poor working and safety conditions at Bangladeshi textile factories that supply Western multinational corporations.

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

Bangladesh's government announced plans to increase the minimum wage for garment workers - now $38 a month - and to allow textile employees to form unions.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130514/bangladesh-ends-search-bodies-building-collapse