Bangladesh Garment Disaster Death Toll Crosses 800

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -

Dozens of bodies recovered Wednesday from a collapsed garment factory building were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, police said, as the death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster topped 800.

Following protests, authorities also began disbursing salaries and other benefits to survivors of the collapse.

The European Union’s delegation to Bangladesh urged the government to “act immediately” to improve working conditions. Authorities said the government has closed 18 garment factories in recent days for failing to meet work and safety standards.