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Hundreds of people are still missing after Wednesday's collapse of a building in Bangladesh which killed at least 273 people, local officials say.More than 40 people have been rescued since Thursday from the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka, which housed clothes factories.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for special prayers to be held across the country later for the victims.Thousands of Bangladeshis protested against poor building safety standards.On Thursday, some roads were blocked by the protests and demonstrators clashed with police outside the headquarters of Bangladesh's garment manufacturers' association.Garment workers in other parts of the capital were protesting again on Friday."The situation is very volatile... We fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse [the protesters]," one police officer told AFP news agency.Police say the owner of factories in the building had ignored warning about cracks appearing earlier this week.The owner is said to be in hiding, but Sheikh Hasina has promised that he will be punished.'I want to live'Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.Teams from the army, the fire service and border guards are still working around the clock at the site to find survivors, using heavy lifting gear, tools and their bare hands.Search teams have been dropping water bottles and food items to other survivors who are still trapped.The local command centre said families had given the names of 372 people who were still unaccounted for.However, reports suggest the number of missing is much higher.One trapped man, Mohammad Altab, was able to speak to journalists, saying: "I want to live. It's so painful here."Another man, trapped deeper in the rubble, begged for rescue, said: "It's hard to remain alive here. It would have been better to die than enduring such pain to live on."Local hospitals have been overwhelmed with the arrival of more than 1,000 injured people.

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