May 11 - As workers continue to pull bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in Bangladesh, an army officer calls the rescue of a woman after 17 days a “miracle”. Sunita Rappai reports.
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Nineteen-year-old Reshma Begum is living a second life.
For 17 days, trapped under the rubble of the factory building where she was working in, she survived on two bottles of water and some biscuits.
Just as everyone had given up in finding any more survivors in the rubble, rescuers heard a voice from the ruins.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARMY OFFICER BRIGADIER GENERAL AZMAL KAVIR SAYING:
"It is a miracle but it could not have been possible due to the sincerest effort of all concerned. And we have been operating since the day one, and still it is continuing as such, and we will continue to do so until we reach the end and we recover all the bodies, alive or dead, still in trapped inside."
Crews have now pulled out at least 1050 bodies from the wreckage of the eight-storey garment factory, making this the world's worst industrial accident since Bhopal in 1984.
About 2,500 people have been rescued from the building in the industrial suburb of Savar, including many injured.
But with no official estimate of the numbers still missing, many here are still frantically searching for their loved ones.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the disaster, including the building's owner.
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