Bangladesh Mayor Suspended

    A woman shows an officer a picture of her sister as she arrives in hopes of finding her among unclaimed bodies brought to a cemetery from the garment factory building collapse in preparation for a mass burial on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several hundred people attended a mass funeral in a Dhaka suburb for 18 unidentified workers who died in the building collapse last week last week in the country's worst industrial disaster, killing at least 402 people and injuring 2,500. The bodies, rotting in the spring heat, were brought to the graveyard on the back of a flatbed truck.(AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous)

    Searching among building collapse victims on Wednesday. (Ismail Ferdous/AP)

    The mayor of the Bangladesh municipality where a clothing factory collapsed last week, killing hundreds, was suspended Thursday, as many have blamed the tragedy on lax oversight of the factory. The death toll in the disaster climbed to 430, while about 2,500 of the 3,000 people who worked at the complex have been accounted for. Eight people, including the building’s owner and his father, have been arrested so far in connection with the building’s collapse. A senior official said last week that the Savar municipality should not have granted permission for it even to be built, and five stories were on the permit—but an additional three were added illegally. Meanwhile, Pope Francis weighed in Wednesday, calling the conditions “slave labor.”

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