May 10, 2013
By Jane Brown
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed a woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people.
The rescuers discovered the woman Friday afternoon and ordered the cranes and bulldozers to immediately stop work. They used handsaws to cut her out of the rubble, and the crowd gathered at the scene erupted in cheers when she was freed. She was rushed to a military hospital in an ambulance.
Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal.
Abdur Razzak, a warrant officer with the military’s engineering department who spotted her in the wreckage, said she was OK and could even walk.
Workers at the site began tearing through the nearby wreckage looking for other survivors.
(The Associated Press)