Part of Cambodian shoe factory collapses

Part of a shoe factory in Cambodia has collapsed while several dozen workers were inside the building, and police say two bodies have been pulled out of the wreckage.

At least six people were injured in the factory and it's unclear how many people still are under the collapsed area, Police officer Khem Pannara said. The factory is south of the capital, Phnom Penh.

A 25-year-old worker, Kong Thary said "pieces of bricks and iron started falling on us". She escaped with injuries.

The garment industry is Cambodia's biggest export earner. In 2012, more than $4 billion worth of products were shipped to the United States and Europe.

About 500,000 people work in more than 500 factories making garment and athletic clothing, including shoes, throughout the country.

The accident comes about three weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,127 people in the global garment industry's deadliest disaster. Bangladesh is the third-biggest exporter of clothes in the world, after China and Italy.

- AP

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