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BANGLADESH NEWS 24 HOURS (Bangladesh), THE HINDU (India), REUTERS

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DHAKA - At least 70 people have died and many more are feared trapped after an eight-story building housing garment factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

“We assume scores of people are still trapped inside and many of them would have died... We are continuing the salvage campaign,” a fire service official told The Hindu.

Hundreds of people were also injured in what Bangladesh News 24 Hours considers one of the worst building collapses ever in Bangladesh.

8-story commercial building collapse at #Saver in #Bangladesh capital near Dhaka 15 dead, many feared trapped. twitter.com/AlamMoshiul/st…

— Moshiul Alam Sarker (@AlamMoshiul) April 24, 2013

Building collapses are common in Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka where construction laws and safety rules are seldom enforced. In November last year, 112 workers were killed in a blaze at a factory in an industrial suburb of Dhaka, Reuters recalls.

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