Woman Miraculously Survived 17 Days Under Rubble

As death toll in Bangladesh build collapse passes 1K

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 10, 2013 2:33 AM CDT | Updated May 10, 2013 6:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory building is now certainly among the worst industrial disasters in history, Bloomberg reports: The death toll has now hit 1,033. But today one very bright spot emerged. Rescuers say they found another survivor, a staggering 17 days after the collapse, and Reuters reports that she was successfully freed from the rubble. The AP reported that the woman was spotted after she waved a hand at rescuers, who then set to work to get her out using a handsaw and drills. Local TV showed the woman, identified as Reshma, being transported on a stretcher.

Meanwhile, some cite a possible silver lining to the disaster. "The horror was so extreme that I think it will galvanize the possibility of change" in the garment industry, says a labor expert. "It doesn’t mean it will happen, but we can point to historic moments where tragedies of this scale led to change." Another professor isn't so sure: "Without a powerful economic interest lined up behind making changes, nothing will happen." Just this week, another Bangladesh factory fire killed at least eight.

Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.
Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.   (AP Photo)
In this image made from a TV footage released by AP video, a woman survivor is examined on a hospital bed.
In this image made from a TV footage released by AP video, a woman survivor is examined on a hospital bed.   (AP Photo/Somoy TV via AP Video)
Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.
Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rahul Talukder)
Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.
Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Parvez Ahmad Rony)
Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed.
Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed.   (AP Photo/Parvez Ahmad Rony)
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