Published: Friday, May 10, 2013

SAVAR BUILDING COLLAPSE

Woman pulled out alive

Reshma found almost unhurt, rushed to Savar CMH

Rescuers carry a female survivor on a stretcher immediately after she was brought out from the debris of Rana Plaza in Savar on Friday. Reshma, a garment worker, was unhurt and alive for the last 17 days. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Rescuers carry a female survivor on a stretcher immediately after she was brought out from the debris of Rana Plaza in Savar on Friday. Reshma, a garment worker, was unhurt and alive for the last 17 days. Photo: Anisur Rahman
A rescuer administers oxygen to Reshma immediately after she was brought out from the debris of Rana Plaza in Savar on Friday. Reshma, a garment worker, was unhurt and alive for the last 17 days. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Rescuers greet Maj Moazzem Hossain, a member of the army, after he helped a female survivor to come out of the rubble of Rana Plaza in Savar on Friday. Moazzem was the first person who heard the beating sound of a stick made by Reshma deep inside the sandwiched building. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Asma shows her sister Reshma’s photo to the reporters at Savar on Friday. Photo: TV grab
Rescuers gather around the Rana Plaza rubble to bring out a woman spotted alive and almost unhurt on Friday, the 17th day of the deadly collapse. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Rescue workers rescue a woman from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building on Friday. The woman, identified by local media only as Reshma, was rescued on Friday after spending 17 days trapped under the rubble of a Bangladesh factory building that collapsed killing more than 1,000 people, police and military officials said. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers rescue a woman from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar on Friday. Rescuers pulled the woman, identified as Reshma from the rubble of the garment factory, astonishing workmen who had been searching for bodies of victims of a disaster that has killed more than 1,000 people. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers carry a woman from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar on Friday. The woman, identified as Reshma was rescued spending 17 days trapped under the rubble of a factory building that collapsed killing more than 1,000 people, police and military officials said. Photo: Reuters
A woman is rescued from the rubble of the Rana Plaza building 17 days after the building collapsed in Savar on Friday. Rescuers pulled the woman, identified as Reshma, from the rubble of the garment factory, astonishing workmen who had been searching for bodies of victims of a disaster that has killed more than 1,000 people. Photo: Reuters
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Miraculous as it may sound, female garment worker was rescued alive, almost unhurt, from inside the rubble of Rana Plaza Friday afternoon, the 17th day into the country’s worst building collapse.

Named Reshma, the woman in violet kamiz and pink scarf was pulled out from the basement debris at 4:16pm after a 45-minute operation.

“It’s good to see the light after so many days,” a lanky Reshma said in a feeble voice, trying to smile at the jubilant rescuers and journalists.

With no sign of injuries in her body, she was whisked off to Combined Military Hospital in Savar.

“We have to check whether there is any biochemical changes in her body due to her stay inside the debris for such a long time,” Lt Col Hasan Morshed told reporters at the CMH.

Just a few minutes earlier, the rescuers were pulling out more bodies of dead victims, many of who are hard to be identifiable, from the rubble as the death toll crossed 1,000 mark the same day.

Hailing from Koshigari village in Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur, Reshma used to work on the second floor of the now flattened nine-storey Rana Plaza.

THE MIRACLE

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.

“What could be more pleasing than to seeing a survivor standing there on the 17th day of the collapse and asking us to bring her out from there?” Maj Moazzem Hossain told The Daily Star.

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.

Stopping the use of heavy machines to avert any accident, the rescuers asked her to move a little away.

Then creating a big hole with light handheld instrument, like hand saw, hammer and drilling machine, the rescuers brought her out finally at 4:16pm.

ALL NOT LUCKY

Another woman Shaheena was found surviving inside the debris on April 28, more than 100 hours after the building collapse.

But rescuers could not pull her out of the rubble alive even after trying their best.

Ezazuddin Kaikobad, 35, who along with five other rescuers, including two army personnel, entered a tunnel inside the rubble of Rana Plaza on April 28 to pull out garment worker Shaheena, who got trapped behind a beam on the third floor.

When Ezaz was cutting a rod with power saw, a fire broke out from the sparks that originated from the rod-cutting, prompting the rescue team to retreat immediately.

He was admitted to the burn unit of CMH in Dhaka with around 55 percent burn injuries.

He died in a Singapore hospital on May 5.



  • Sharukh Khan

    Welcome to LIFE RESHMI!!!!!! You have an anonymous brother/uncle in me. Will try my best to meet you in the future.

  • afzal khan

    good news

  • Reaz Hassan

    Allah shows His miracles in His own way. God is Great and all powerful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fias-Ramo/1423627165 Fias Ramo

    Basement mosque on a Jummah day. Signs from above or coincidence?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jahirolislam Jahirul Islam

    Allah is all might…

  • Shibli

    Human potential is
    so limitless that only one can make the difference!

  • A A Mobin

    Almighty Allah can do anything.

  • truthprevails53

    A great news amongst the doom and gloom. Wish her all the best. Many many many thanks to the rescuers.

  • N Quader

    Alhamdulillah