canadianmom1974
After 17 days, a survivor found in collapsed Bangladesh factory
May 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
Just saw this on twitter. Amazing!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/05/10/bangladesh-death-toll-over-1000-friday.html

Sorry, I'm on mobile and can't make it clicky. I'll paste the article in the replies.

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  • canadianmom1974
    May 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
    Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed a woman buried for 17 days inside a prayer room in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building, as the death toll from the disaster raced past 1,000, making it one of the worst industrial tragedies in history.

    The rescuers discovered the woman Friday afternoon in the wreckage of the basement of the building and ordered the cranes and bulldozers to immediately stop work. They used handsaws to cut through the rubble, as hundreds of people who had been engaged in the grim job of removing decomposing bodies from the site, raised their hands together in prayer.

    "Allah, you are the greatest, you can do anything. Please allow us all to rescue the survivor just found," said a man on a loudspeaker leading the supplicants. "We seek apology for our sins. Please pardon us, pardon the person found alive."

    When the woman, who soldiers identified as Reshma, was freed after 40 minutes, the crowd erupted in wild cheers.

    She was rushed to a military hospital in an ambulance, reportedly in remarkably good shape, despite her ordeal.

    Abdur Razzak, a warrant officer with the military's engineering department who first spotted her in the wreckage, said she was OK and could even walk.

    Workers at the site began tearing through the nearby wreckage looking for other survivors.

    Death toll still rising
    The death toll soared past 1,000 on Friday, while the list of the dead from a fresh fire at a sweater manufacturer showed the entanglement of the industry and top Bangladeshi officials.

    How to tell if your shirt was made in a sweatshop
    Officials said 1,034 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, as of Friday morning. There was no sign of where the toll might finally settle as more bodies were being found, but it is already the world's deadliest garment industry disaster and one of the worst industrial accidents.

    The disaster has raised alarm about the often deadly working conditions in Bangladesh's $20-billion US garment industry, which provides clothing for major retailers around the globe.
  • canadianmom1974
    May 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM
    More than two weeks after the building in the suburb of Savar collapsed, workers with cranes and other heavy equipment were still pulling apart the rubble and finding more bodies.

    Maj. Ohiduzzaman, an army official who uses only one name, said 100 decomposing bodies have been kept at a makeshift morgue at a school and were to be sent to hospitals in Dhaka for DNA testing to identify them.

    A total of 648 bodies have so far been handed over to the families, he said. Some of those who authorities have been unable to identify have been buried by the government.

    Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus said in an article published in Bangladeshi newspapers Thursday that the tragedy was a "symbol of our failure as a nation."

    "The crack in Rana Plaza that caused the collapse of the building has only shown us that if we don't face up to the cracks in our state systems, we as a nation will get lost in the debris of the collapse," he said, urging the government and citizens to work together for reforms.

    He also urged global brands not to abandon the country, saying that the workers in the factories — which often subcontract from the well-known brands — should be seen as de facto employees of those companies.


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    The European Union's delegation to Bangladesh urged the government Wednesday to "act immediately" to improve working conditions in the country's garment industry.

    Abdul Latif Siddiqui, head of special Cabinet committee to inspect garment factories that was formed days after the Rana Plaza collapse, said the government has closed 18 garment factories in recent days for failing to meet work and safety standards. He did not say whether the closures were temporary or permanent.

    Officials say the owner of Rana Plaza illegally added three floors and allowed the garment factories to install heavy machines and generators, even though the structure was not designed to support such equipment.

    The owner and eight other people, including the owners of the garment factories, have been detained.
  • canadianmom1974
    May 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM
    There is more to the article, but I've included two excerpts from the longer article. This whole situation is tragic, but whatever you attribute it to (miracle, god of your belief, luck), it's amazing this woman survived.
  • Kitschy
    by Kitschy
    May 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM
    There is a sentence in this article that reads "how to tell if your garment was made in a Bangladesh sweat shop " but nothing else. Is there a portion missing?
  • Aamy
    by Aamy
    May 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM
    Wow how great. Its sad so many died but to find a survivor after so long.
  • canadianmom1974
    May 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM
    There is, but that was actually a clicky link in the article.

    Quoting Kitschy:

    There is a sentence in this article that reads "how to tell if your garment was made in a Bangladesh sweat shop " but nothing else. Is there a portion missing?
  • SuperChicken
    May 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    That's lovely news.   A spark of light in a very dark event.

  • Talee
    by Talee
    May 10, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Wow over 1000 now?

  • Euphoric
    May 10, 2013 at 10:41 AM

     Great news