published Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Bangladesh factory collapse toll hits 1,021

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    An investigator surveys the scene of a fire at a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, May 9, 2013.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from a garment factory building that collapsed outside the Bangladesh capital has passed 1,000, as recovery workers continue pulling bodies from the wreckage more than two weeks after the disaster.

Officials say 1,021 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the fallen eight-story building as of Friday morning.

It is not clear what the final toll will be from the disaster, already the world’s deadliest garment industry disaster and one of the worst industrial accidents.

More than 2,500 people were rescued alive after the April 24 accident. An unknown number of people were inside at the time of the collapse.

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