Bangladesh factory collapse: Survivor recovering

Reshma Begum is being treated at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Picture: AP
Reshma Begum is being treated at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Picture: AP
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A TEENAGER pulled alive from the rubble of an eight-storey clothing factory 17 days after it collapsed, was recovering in hospital yesterday.

Seamstress Reshma Begum, 19, was said to be well but suffering panic attacks.

The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster has now reached 1,090. More than 2,500 people were rescued immediately after the 24 April collapse but, until Friday, crews had gone nearly two weeks without ­discovering anyone alive in the debris.

According to reports, Begum was found when one rescuer, preparing to call in diggers to clear the Rana Plaza site, near Dhaka, asked aloud if there was anyone left alive. He first heard her shouting then saw a stick she was waving. “I heard her say, ‘I am alive, please save me.’ I gave her water. She was OK,” said Miraj Hossain, who crawled in to cut Begum free.