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18 heartrending pictures of the Bangladesh factory collapse's aftermath (PHOTOS)
Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Two weeks after the catastrophic building collapse in Bangladesh leveled several garment factories, bodies are still being pulled from the rubble.

The death toll was well above 950 and fast approaching 1,000 on Thursday.

The collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza building on April 24 has become the worst tragedy in the history of the garment manufacturing industry anywhere in the world.

Bangladesh's government said it closed 16 garment factories in the capital Dhaka and the southeastern city of Chittagong following the tragedy in April.

The country's 4 million garment industry workers face unsafe work conditions and work in buildings that violate codes.

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Bangladeshi rescuers prepare to work as Bangladeshi Army personel begin the second phase of the rescue operation after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 29, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi woman uses her cell phone as she holds a portrait of her missing sister, believed trapped in the rubble 60 hours after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 26, 2013.

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Bangladeshi relatives hold photos of the missing and dead workers three days after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 27, 2013. Police arrested two textile bosses over the Bangladeshi factory disaster as the death toll climbed and distraught relatives lashed out at rescuers trying to detect signs of life.

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A Bangladeshi woman and her daughter weep as she holds up the portrait of her missing husband, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

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An injured Bangladeshi garment worker, employed in the building which collapsed a fortnight ago killing hundreds, receives assistance after claiming her salary in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 8, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi family member holds up the portrait of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster.

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A family member waits for news of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse, in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 8, 2013.

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Bangladeshi activists shout slogans and wave flags during a procession to mark May Day or International Workers Day in Dhaka on May 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the collapse of a factory complex, as rescuers warned the final toll could be more than 900.

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A Bangladeshi woman cries as she searches for her missing brother, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka,on May 2, 2013. Bangladesh authorities have suspended the mayor of Savar satellite town outside the capital for approving the faulty construction of a building that collapsed last week.

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A Bangladeshi relative of a garment worker holds up a portrait of a missing relative in the Dhaka medical hospital in Dhaka on May 2 ,2013. Bangladesh's garment firms re-opened and rushed to complete delayed orders for their Western clients on Thursday after an eight-day shutdown caused by the deaths of at least 900 people in a building collapse.

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Relatives react after identifying the body of a loved one killed in last week's building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 3, 2013. The death toll from last week's collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh passed 500 Friday as the country's prime minister said Western retailers had to share some of the blame for the tragedy.

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Relatives attempt to identify the bodies of loved ones killed in last week's building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 3, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi woman reacts after identifying the body of her father killed in last week's building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 7, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi woman sleeps as she holds the portrait of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 4, 2013.

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Bangladeshi relatives look at a board posting notices of missing and dead workers of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 4, 2013. The collapsed Bangladesh building that so far killed more than 900 people was designed for shopping mall and commercial offices such as banks and insurers, not for factories, the architect of the plan told AFP.

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Bangladeshi garment workers, employed in the building which collapsed a fortnight ago killing hundreds, wait in line to claim their salaries in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 8, 2013. The typical Bangladeshi garment worker takes home less than 40 dollars a month, a wage that Pope Francis has condemned as akin to slave labour.

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Bangladeshi police fire tear gas after relatives of the missing and dead burst into angry protests at the disaster site of an eight-storey building that collapsed 48 hours earlier in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 26, 2013. At the disaster scene, where at that point nearly 300 had been found dead, exhausted teams of soldiers, firemen and volunteers continued to work through the mountain of mangled concrete and steel for a third day after staying on the job for a second straight night. Amid frustration about the slow pace of the efforts, thousands of anxious relatives burst onto the disaster site, prompting police to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd.

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A Bangladeshi woman shows a portrait of her missing brother, believed trapped in the rubble following the collapse of an an eight-storey building in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 25, 2013. Survivors cried out to rescuers April 25 from the rubble of a block of garment factories in Bangladesh that collapsed, killing hundreds of people and sparking criticism of their Western clients.

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