Time running out for survivors
By The Associated Press
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
SAVAR, Bangladesh — With time running out to save workers still trapped in a collapsed garment factory building, rescuers dug through mangled metal and concrete Friday and found more survivors — but also more corpses that pushed the death toll past 300.
Wailing, angry relatives fought with police who held them back from the wrecked, eight-story Rana Plaza building, as search-and-rescue operations went on more than two days after the structure crumbled.
Amid the cries for help and the smell of decaying bodies, the rescue of 18-year-old Mussamat Anna came at a high cost: Emergency crews cut off the garment worker's mangled right hand to pull her free from the debris Thursday night.
“First a machine fell over my hand, and I was crushed under the debris. ... Then the roof collapsed over me,” she told an Associated Press cameraman from a hospital bed Friday.
More than 40 survivors were found late Friday evening on some floors of the Rana Plaza, said fire service inspector Shafiqul Islam, who searched the building. Through holes in the structure, he gave them water and juice packs to combat dehydration in the stifling heat and humidity.
“They are alive, they are trapped, but most of them are safe. We need to cut through debris and walls to bring them out,” Islam said.
By Friday night, more than 80 had been rescued, according to officials at a command center.
But more dead were also discovered.
The search will continue into Saturday, officials said, with crews cautiously using hammers, shovels and their bare hands.
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