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Bangladesh Survivor Thought She Would Never See Daylight

NPR | May 10, 2013 10:25 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

The day starts with incredible news:

“Miraculous as it may sound,” a survivor was rescued Friday from the rubble of the eight-story building that collapsed 17 days ago near Dhaka, Bangladesh, The Daily Star reported this morning.

That report from Bangladesh’s English-language newspaper has been followed with these bulletins from other news outlets:

— “Bangladesh rescuers confirm they have freed [a] survivor of [the] building collapse after 17 days.” (The Associated Press)

— “Bangladesh’s army has confirmed to the BBC a woman has been found alive in the remains of a building that collapsed in a suburb of Dhaka 17 days ago.” (BBC News)

— “Bangladeshi rescuers have found a woman survivor in the rubble of a garment factory complex which collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people on April 24, the country’s fire service chief has told AFP news agency.” (Australia’s ABC News)

According to the Daily Star: “Named Reshma, the woman, who was found alive in the basement, was pulled out at 4:25 p.m.” That would be 4:25 a.m. ET. Searchers had been focusing on recovering bodies, not looking for survivors. They first heard her groaning a little after 3 p.m. local time.

The death toll at the building, which housed garment factories, has risen above 1,000. Searchers continue to look for more victims.

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