Miracle survivor of Bangladesh collapse lost track of day and night in rubble

Reshma Begum hit a steel pipe to get attention. Photo: Reuters

On April 24, Reshma Begum was working in a factory on the second floor of Rana Plaza when the building began collapsing around her. She raced down a stairwell into the basement, where she became trapped near a Muslim prayer room in a wide space that allowed her to survive.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 6:59am

Woman pulled alive from Dhaka rubble after 17 days

Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal. Photo: AP

A woman was pulled alive on Friday from the ruins of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh 17 days after it collapsed and killed over 1,000 people, live television footage showed.

11 May 2013 - 12:30am

28 die in Bangladesh street battles over blasphemy law

The remnants of a burnt-out government vehicle sits in a parking lot after battles between Islamists and police in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka yesterday. Photo: AFP

At least 28 people have died in street battles between Bangladeshi police and tens of thousands of Islamists, officials said yesterday, deepening the divide between the secular government and religious hardliners.

7 May 2013 - 1:48am

28 dead as Bangladesh Islamists demand blasphemy law

Bangladeshi protesters set fires on a street during a protest in Dhaka. Photo: AP

At least 28 people have died in street battles between Bangladeshi police and tens of thousands of Islamists, officials said on Monday, deepening the divide between the secular government and religious hardliners.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong firms fear more disruption at their plants in Bangladesh

Workers try to release two bodies trapped in the rubble of a collapsed garment factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Angry labourers started taking to the streets the day after the disaster, blocking major highways to several industrial areas outside the capital, Dhaka.

2 May 2013 - 10:29am 1 comment

Last Bangladesh factory collapse survivor dies in blaze tragedy

The father and aunt of Bangladeshi garment worker Shahina Akter grieve at the site of the collapsed factory. Photo: AFP

Shahina Akter's 110-hour struggle to survive in the collapsed Bangladesh factory block, only to die in a fire that erupted in the ruins, has made her one of the tragic public faces of the nation's worst industrial disaster.

2 May 2013 - 10:00am

Bangladesh workers vent fury over building collapse as death toll tops 400

Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest to demand capital punishment for those responsible for the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka on Tuesday Photo: Reuters

Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis joined May Day protests on Wednesday to demand the execution of textile bosses over the collapse of a factory complex, as rescuers warned the final toll could be more than 500.

2 May 2013 - 10:00am

Bangladesh defends disaster effort as anger grows

Relatives shout slogans during protest to demand capital punishment for those responsible for collapse of Rana Plaza building in Savar. Photo Reuters

Bangladesh on Tuesday defended its decision to snub foreign aid after the collapse of a factory complex as anger flared at the recovery operation and towards the building’s owner when he appeared in court.

2 May 2013 - 10:01am

Fire kills ‘last survivor’ of Bangladesh building collapse

Rescue workers help put out a fire which broke out in a garment factory building in Savar, near Dhaka, on Sunday. Photo: AP

A blaze broke out in the wreckage of a Bangladesh factory block on Sunday, killing a woman whose 110-hour battle for survival had touched the nation following its worst industrial disaster, the country’s fire chief said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dozens pulled alive from Dhaka factory as toll hits 256

A survivor is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site where a garment factory that collapsed in Savar. Photo: AP

Dozens of workers were found alive on Thursday as they huddled in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory bloc in Bangladesh, a rare success for rescuers who have pulled out 256 bodies. In an announcement greeted by wild applause from thousands of relatives at the scene, an army spokesman initially announced that 40 survivors had been discovered together in a room, but the figure was later revised to 24.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:29am 1 comment

Clashes kill one as strike hits Bangladesh

Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists throw pieces of brick as they vandalise a bus during a country wide strike in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

A young ruling party activist was beaten to death during clashes in northwestern Bangladesh on Thursday as a nationwide strike called by the opposition shut schools and businesses across the country.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:55pm

Strike cripples Bangladesh as death toll rises to 80

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel stand guard during a nationwide strike in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: AFP

Schools and businesses were shut on Monday across Bangladesh on the second day of a general strike called by Islamist protesters, as three more demonstrators died in the deadliest violence since independence.

4 Mar 2013 - 6:49pm

Bangladeshi police shot dead two in riots

Part of a huge police cordon around the opposition headquarters. Photo: AFP

The clashes came a day after the Muslim-majority nation was hit by deadly violence between police and Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy, which left four people dead and about 200 injured.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

Deadly Bangladesh clashes over ‘atheist bloggers’

Bangladeshi Islamist activists shout slogans inside the Baitul Mukarram national mosque in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: AFP

Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Friday in fierce clashes with Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accused of blasphemy, killing one person and injuring around 100.

Parts of central Dhaka turned into a battlefield as protesters attacked police with bricks and sticks in front of the national mosque.

22 Feb 2013 - 8:39pm

Bangladesh rioters torch Buddhist temples over photo

A Buddhist temple at Ramu is destroyed by fire. Photo: AFP

Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community

Officials said the mob of about 25,000 people set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages, some 350 kilometres from the capital Dhaka.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am