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article imageSurvivor found in rubble over 2 weeks after Bangladesh disaster

By Stephen Morgan     May 10, 2013 in World
A survivor has been found in the ruins of the Bangladesh garment factory, which collapsed on Wednesday, 24th April, a day after the building's owner said it would last for a century.
Reuters is reporting that a woman called Reshma has survived buried alive in the building for 17 days to the astonishment of rescuers.
The media outlet says that “Hundreds of onlookers burst into cheers as army engineers pulled the woman from the basement of the building.” A worker clearing the site heard faint cries of "Save me, save me" from beneath the concrete and debris. According to the New York Times, they “saw a pipe moving. It turned out to be Reshma, shaking the pipe from below, trying to gain attention.”
The paper quotes a soldier, who told television crews that she had discovered enough food and water to last until two days ago. The fire brigade chief said that she was in a Muslim prayer room with enough space to stand up.The woman was carried away on a stretcher, unable to walk, but otherwise appeared healthy and was taken to a nearby hospital. Rescuers have suspended the use of heavy machinery for the time being.
Over 1,000 bodies have now been found in what ranks as one of the worst industrial disasters in history. Al Jazeera quoted Captain Shahnewaz Zakaria, an army spokesman, who said that “some of the bodies, which are badly decomposed, could be identified by mobile phones in their pockets or factory identity cards around their neck.”
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