Dhaka building collapse: Woman pulled alive from rubble
The BBC’s Akbar Hossain: “People here are extremely surprised.” Photo courtesy Shariful Islam
A woman has been pulled alive from the ruins of an eight-storey building that collapsed in a suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, 17 days ago.
Rescuers said the woman, named Reshma, was found in the remains of the second floor of the Rana Plaza after they heard her crying: “Please save me.”
She has been taken to hospital, but is not thought to have serious injuries.
The dramatic news came after the army said more than 1,000 people were now known to have died in the disaster.
The death toll is expected to keep climbing, as work crews using heavy machinery have begun removing rubble from the worst-damaged areas.
We heard her saying: ‘Please save me, please save me’”
‘I’m still here’
Soldiers were reported to have been preparing to break through a large concrete slab at about 15:15 local time (10:15 GMT) on Friday when the woman was discovered.
“As we were clearing rubble, we called out [to see] if anyone was alive,” one unnamed rescuer told Somoy TV. “Then we heard her saying: ‘Please save me, please save me.'”
Officers immediately ordered workers operating heavy machinery to stop.
Video and audio detection equipment was used to locate her exact position and rescuers saw a woman waving her hand. She shouted “I’m still here” and said her name was Reshma.
Within minutes, hundreds of soldiers and firefighters rushed to the scene to help clear the rubble,