Woman Buried Under the Rubble After 17 Days.
**Rescuers had given up searching for survivors from the
collapsed Building 10 days ago.
The first sign of survival came when recovery workers heard an iron
rod strike the massive rubble of the nine-story building outside the capital of
Bangladesh, a fire service official told reporters at the site.
"I'm alive!" a woman said as workers
approached the basement 17 days after the building had collapsed and 10 days
since rescuers had given up searching for survivors. "Please rescue
That account came from Capt. Ibrahim Islam, a
Bangladeshi military official outside the recovery operation.
Rescue worker Mohammad Rubel Rana offered a
slightly different description of the discovery Friday. "When I was
cutting iron rods, suddenly I found a silver-colored stick just moving from a
hole, and I looked through and I saw someone calling, 'Please save me,' "
he told Reuters.
"Then instantly I called the army and
firefighters and said, 'Please look, I heard a sound.' Then they saw her and
confirmed that there was a woman."
"I told her, mother, don't be afraid, we are
here to rescue you," Lt. Col. Moazzem Hossain said, according to
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), the state-run news agency. "Would you
like to drink water?"
The use of heavy machinery was ordered stopped and,
as onlookers crowded onto the site, rescuers worked for about an hour before
pulling the garment worker free. She was crying, then stopped.
At 4:26 p.m., army engineers extricated the woman,
whom authorities identified only as Reshma, 19, as hundreds of onlookers
erupted in cheers.
After being given water and biscuits, Reshma was
placed on a stretcher, put into an ambulance.
Over 1000 people lost their lives when that