DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescue workers in Bangladesh said Friday they may have found a female survivor buried amid the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed 17 days ago.
Army officials ordered workers to stop clearing the site with bulldozers and cranes as they tried to free a woman they said might still be alive. A soldier at the scene said rescuers found a woman in the debris and she waved her hand in response to them.
Rescuers used a handsaw, welding and drilling equipment to try to cut through iron rod and debris to free her. They asked for a small oxygen cylinder to be brought to the site.
Workers at the site had been clearing the rubble since the collapse April 24. More than 2,500 people were rescued in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. However, no survivors have been found in the wreckage since the days after the collapse.
The death toll from the disaster soared past 1,000 Friday.