Woman found alive 17 days after Bangladesh building collapse

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A woman has been found alive in the rubble 17 days after a Bangladesh building collapsed. Crews are working to extract her.

More than two weeks after a building in Bangladesh that housed factories full of garment workers caved in, the death toll from the South Asian nation’s deadliest industrial disaster has surpassed 1,000, authorities said Friday.

For the 17th day, rescue and recovery workers are searching through the nine-story building’s tangled wreckage in Savar, a suburb of the capital, Dhaka. During the first several days of dangerous and painstaking work, they got more than 2,400 people out of the rubble alive.

But since then, they haven’t found any more survivors. The past 11 days have focused on the grim task of retrieving dead bodies still buried in the heap of broken concrete, many of them so severely decomposed that authorities struggle to identify them.

As more bodies were recovered on Friday, the total number of people confirmed dead rose to 1,038, said Jitendra Kumar Nath, a senior official with the district administration of Dhaka.

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