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Bangladesh factory death toll rises to 1000

The number of people killed in the Bangladesh factory collapse has risen to more than 1000 with eight further killed in another factory fire.

According to reports the death toll from the Rana Plaza factory has risen to 1,021. It is understood that the recovery operation at the site of the eight-storey factory, which collapsed on April 24, will finish today.

On Thursday the Bangladeshi manufacturing industry suffered a further tragedy with a fire in another factory. It is believed that the fire in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh killed at least eight people with the owner of the factory among the fatalities.

It has however been reported that most of the workers had already gone home when the fire began at the factory, which belongs to garment exporter Tung Hai Group.

Earlier this week it was announced that 18 garment factories in the country would be shut down for safety reasons.

Bangladeshi textile minister Abdul Latif Siddique said: “We have seen that those who claim to be the best compliant factories in Bangladesh have not fully abided by building regulations.”

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  • This makes me so angry. Angry and ashamed to work in the trade. No cheap garment is worth a thousand human lives.

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