Reshma Begum, trapped for 17 days inside the rubble of a building that collapsed in Bangladesh, said she never thought she would see daylight again.
On Friday, rescue workers found her alive in the basement of the eight-story building. Begum's rescue brought a sense of happiness and hope as workers continue to pull out dozens of bodies every day. The latest estimate puts the death toll above 1,000.
Here are 10 photographs, including of the garment worker rescued Friday, that show the horror and aftermath of one of the deadliest factory accidents in Bangladesh's history.
Reshma Begum lies on a stretcher after being pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Savar. Soldiers at the site described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal. (AP) A woman screams for a missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of the building that collapsed in Savar. (Munir Zaman/Getty Images) The body of a female garment worker is trapped under the debris of the collapsed building at Savar. (Abir Abdullah/EPA) A young garment worker who was rescued from a building that collapsed sits on a hospital bed with an amputated leg. (Munir Zaman/Getty Images) Mohammad Altab moans to rescuers for help while trapped between concrete slabs and next to two corpses in the garment factory that collapsed in Savar. (AP via AP video) A relative reacts after identifying the body of a loved one killed in last week's building collapse in Savar. (Munir Zaman/Getty Images) A woman is carried by rescue workers after being found alive in the rubble of the collapsed building. (Kevin Frayer/AP) A garment worker who soldiers said was pulled alive from the rubble reacts as he walks on his own at the site. (Kevin Frayer/AP) A woman covers her nose at a morgue where bodies recovered from the garment factory collapse are kept for identification. (Wong Maye-E/AP) A woman cries after failed attempts to find her daughter at a makeshift morgue. (Ismail Ferdous/AP)
Earlier this week, Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter took this haunting photograph amid the rubble of the collapsed building. In her short post for Time, she explained how she felt about the picture.
It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
Click here to see our continuing photo coverage of the building collapse and the rescue and recovery work.