Survivor Rescued 17 Days After Bangladesh Building Collapse | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Survivor Rescued 17 Days After Bangladesh Building Collapse

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 story 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.

Update at 9:55 a.m. ET. More On The Rescue.

The Daily Star now reports that:

"Seconds after a team of rescuers invited journalists to visit a portion of the debris near a small puddle, army warrant officer Abdur Razzak who was standing guard near a hole, saw a stick coming out through a narrow hole, moving. Hurriedly removing the gravels, he saw the face of a woman through the hole. ... Identifying herself as Reshma, she replied that she was in good health when asked whether she could hold a bit more to let the rescuers make way into the rubble."

And according to the AP, "the woman survived by eating dried food that was in her area and drinking spare amounts of water."

Update at 7:35 a.m. ET. "She Had No Serious Injuries":

The local "head of the fire services" says the survivor "had no serious injuries," the BBC now reports. CNN says rescuers heard a faint voice saying, "I'm alive, I'm alive, please rescue me."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.