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Bangladeshi woman trapped in rubble for over 4 days saved

/ 04:28 AM April 29, 2013

Rescue workers call for help while fire fighters, center, hose out a fire which broke out in a garment factory building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday April 28, 2013. More than 100 hours after the garment factory block collapsed, rescuers in Bangladesh tunneled into the rubble on Sunday to find a woman whose feeble cries for help raised hopes of more miracles. AP PHOTO/WONG MAYE-E

SAVAR, Bangladesh—More than 100 hours after a garment factory block collapsed, rescuers in Bangladesh tunneled into the rubble on Sunday to find a woman whose feeble cries for help raised hopes of more miracles.

“We can hear her noises,” shouted a firefighter, who said the woman had given her name as Sakhina Begum. “But three others are in a semiconscious state.”

Her fight for survival after more than four days under the debris was being broadcast live on private television channels.

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The team on hand to pull her to safety included rescuers armed with cutters and drills, using air freshener to stifle the smell of decaying bodies. Many such operations have been performed at the site, as hundreds of workers from garment factories inside the building found themselves pinned down by slabs of concrete.

The collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza killed more than 375 people.  About 2,500 people have been rescued in the worst industrial accident to strike the $20-billion Bangladesh clothing industry, which produces clothes for Western brands.

TAGS: Bangladesh, industrial accident, Sakhina Begum, trapped woman
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