Despite protests and pledges of reform

Despite protests and pledges of reform


collapse death toll tops 600

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“We designed the building to have three stories for shops and another two for offices. I don’t know how the additional floors were added and how factories were allowed on the top floors,” Reza said.

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Police KnockOff Handbags also issued an evacuation order, but witnesses say that hours before the collapse, Rana told people that the building was safe and garment factory managers told their workers to go inside.

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