Emergency workers in Bangladesh have rescued a woman who survived 17 days buried in the rubble of a collapsed garment factory complex, as the death toll from the disaster rose to more than 1,000.
"When I was cutting iron rods suddenly I found a silver colored stick just moving from a hole and I looked through and I saw someone calling 'please save me'. Then instantly I called the army and fire fighters and said please look, I heard a sound. Then they saw her and confirmed that there was a woman. They rescued her and sent her to hospital.''
Crowds erupted into cheers after the woman, known only to media outlets as Reshma, was pulled from the ruins Friday.
Rescuers say she survived by finding reserves of water nearby.
Emergency workers had earlier given up hope that they would find any more survivors from the accident near Dhaka.
Authorities have arrested at least nine people in the aftermath of the collapse.
Officials say the running of several heavy generators on upper floors may have contributed to the collapse because the structure was not built to support them.
The Bangladesh government says it has shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons following the April 24 collapse of the building that housed five garment factories.
On Wednesday, eight people died in a garment factory fire in the the capital.
The fire erupted it the Tung Hai Sweater Factory after most workers had gone home.
Bangladesh's $20-billion textile industry accounts for nearly 80 percent of the country's exports.