Rescue workers rescue a woman from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar

Credit: REUTERS/Sohel Ahmed

A woman was pulled out from the rubble of a Bangladesh garment factory 17 days after it collapsed on Friday, astonishing workmen who had been searching for bodies of victims of a disaster that has killed more than 1,000 people, Reuters reported.

A  workman helping to clear the wreckage had reportedly heard  faint cries of “Save me, save me” from amidst the ruins. As army engineers pulled the woman from the basement of the building, hundreds of onlookers burst into cheers.

The woman, identified by Bangladeshi media as Reshma,  seemed pale, drawn and unable to walk. She was hoisted out of the rubble on a stretcher and then loaded into an ambulance.

She may have survived by drinking water that had pooled in the site when firemen doused a fire that had broken out earlier in the rescue effort, rescuers speculate.

The eight-storey building collapsed on April 24, a day after its owner assured factory owners and news crews it would stand for “a century”.

The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial accident has passed 1,000  and is assumed to be the Worst industrial accident since  The World’s Worst Nuclear Power Accident in Chernobyl where the  death toll has been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000.