May 10, 2013

Woman found alive after 17 days in the wreckage...

... of the building that collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
On Friday afternoon, as soldiers cleared a floor, they heard sounds below, correspondents say. Officers immediately ordered workers to stop clearing the site.

Detection equipment was sent in and they saw a woman waving her hand. She shouted "I'm still here" and said her name was Reshma....

Rescuers said it was possible that the woman survived because of the large quantities of oxygen and water that were pumped into the ruins in the early stages of the rescue effort.
She had no serious injuries, but how did she keep from dying of thirst? Are we to understand that they hosed the immense pile of rubble and bodies — 1,000+ people died — and she drank the water dripped through to the place where she was enclosed? Astounding!

5 comments:

AprilApple said...

wow.

edutcher said...

This sort of thing happened in that last big quake in Mexico City.

Astounding how people can survive.

Methadras said...

Bless this woman and anyone else they find. Horrible what happened to them, but not unexpected considering the conditions of depravity they live and work in.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

"Why wasn't she dead of thirst?" was my first thought as well. You can survive quite a long time without food. Not without water.

Another reason for people to just keep excavating after a disaster like this one.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

This isn't about an African orchid. Perhaps you meant to tag it with "disasters"? Or keep it as a tag you use only once.