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Woman rescued alive from rubble of collapsed Bangladesh building

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New Delhi, May 10 (EFE).- A Bangladeshi woman was rescued alive Friday from the rubble of a factory building that collapsed on April 24, a disaster that has thus far left more than 1,000 dead, local media reported.

The woman was discovered at 4:25 p.m. by rescue workers and taken to a hospital an hour later, the Bangladeshi dailies bdnews24 and The Daily Star reported.

The rescue teams immediately halted use of heavy machinery to avoid causing further harm to the survivor, who was identified as Reshmi and reportedly in relatively good condition.

The death toll from the tragedy at the Rana Plaza complex, which housed five garment factories that made clothing for major international brands, has risen to 1,042. An additional 2,437 people are listed as injured.

The collapse occurred in the industrial suburb of Savar, located about 20 miles northwest of Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka.

"The task of removing the rubble will conclude in about seven days," Udin Khandaker, the Bangladeshi Interior Ministry official who is heading the investigation into the collapse, told Efe Friday.

"There are still many bodies amid the debris. There were people who went down to the lower stories to try to get out of the building," Khandaker said.

Four deadly tragedies have occurred at Bangladeshi garment factories over the past six months, the last of which was a fire on Thursday in a Dhaka district that left seven dead.

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