A woman, named Reshma, has been pulled alive from the ruins of a building that collapsed in a suburb of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, 17 days ago.
The head of the fire service earlier said Reshma had been found in the remains of the second floor of the eight-storey Rana Plaza.
Reshma had no serious injuries and had been talking with rescuers, he added.
The dramatic news came after the army said more than 1,000 people were now known to have died in the disaster.
Reshma has been found in the remains of the second floor of the eight-storey Rana Plaza in Dhaka
The death toll is expected to keep climbing, as work crews using heavy machinery have begun removing rubble from the worst-damaged areas.
On Friday afternoon, army officers ordered workers to stop clearing the site when Reshma’s cries were heard. 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.
Within minutes, hundreds of soldiers and firefighters rushed to the scene to help clear the rubble.
Cutting and drilling equipment was brought in to get through iron rods and debris. Not long afterwards, she was pulled from the rubble and the crowd erupted in cheers.
Not long afterwards, rescuers pulled her from the rubble. Reshma has been taken to a military hospital.
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.
At least 13 people died and 12 have been injured after a five-floor block collapsed in the Ashrafiyeh district of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday evening.
Rescue workers in Beirut continue to search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building.
“We are hoping to find people alive. There are still some missing,” Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told Lebanese television.
It is not known yet what caused the sudden collapse.
At least 13 people died and 12 have been injured after a five-floor block collapsed in the Ashrafiyeh district of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday evening
Local reports are speculating that cracks in the building made worse by heavy rain may have been the cause or that the building could have been damaged by the impact of construction at several nearby sites.
Local television said seven of the dead were foreign laborers, including two from Jordan.
“It was like an earthquake” when the block collapsed, one witness told a local television channel.
One resident who escaped with her mother said the building was extremely run-down and the owner had recently warned tenants to move out, the AFP news agency reported.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman visited the site on Sunday evening as did Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.
Minister Marwan Charbel told reporters the building’s owner was being questioned by the authorities. He added it was essential to carry out a survey of similar buildings across the country, many of which were built illegally or had several floors added without proper permits.