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Bangladesh Garment Factory Building Collapse Leaves Nearly 100 Dead

| by Alex Groberman
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At least 70 people were killed on Wednesday morning after massive eight-story building that served as home to multiple Bangladesh garment factories collapsed.  

The incident occurred in the Dhaka suburb of Savar at about 8:30 a.m. Because these buildings typically stay open around the clock, the factories were likely full at the time. Although 600 people were saved by rescue workers within hours of the collapse, officials fear that the death toll may rise over the next few hours.  

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According to the AP, at least one of the factories housed by the fallen building made clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other American companies.

"We had sent two people inside the building and we could rescue at least 20 people alive. They also told us that at least 100 to 150 people are injured and about 50 dead people are still trapped inside this floor," Mohammad Humayun, a supervisor at one of the garment factories, told CBS.

While the New York Times reported that approximately 70 people were killed as a result of this tragedy, Reuters says it could be as many as 100. An official estimate of the damage sustained, total injuries and final death toll is expected at some point later today.

Sources: NY Times, Reuters, CBS