Survivor emerges from 17-day-old Bangladesh factory rubble

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Rescue workers at the scene of a Bangladesh factor collapse that occurred 17 days ago were stunned when they paused in their labors and heard a weak female voice, followed by a waving hand.

“As we were clearing rubble, we called out if anyone was live,” an unnamed rescue worker said, in The Telegraph. “Then we heard her saying, ‘please save me, please save me.’ Since then, she has been talking to us.”

Her name is Reshmi, The Telegraph reported.

And after more than two weeks of entrapment, workers rescued her from the rubble. She was trapped beneath an iron rod and debris, and rescuers had to use welding and drilling equipment to free her.

“She may have had reserves of water or have drunk some of the water that we’ve pumped into the building,” said one worker, to Agence France-Presse.

More than 2,500 survived the April 24 collapse of the 8-story garment factory building. But the death toll continues to rise and on Friday, it surpassed 1,000.

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