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Bangladesh collapse left many amputees

Bangladeshi garment worker Laboni, 21, worked on the 4th floor of Rana Plaza. She had her left amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 36 hours after the building collapsed.
Bangladeshi garment worker Laboni, 21, worked on the 4th floor of Rana Plaza. She had her left amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 36 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- It was the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. When the Rana Plaza factory building crashed down in April, 1,129 people were killed. But many others had to sacrifice their limbs to survive.

Bangladeshi garment worker Mariyam, 30, worked on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza. She had her right arm amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP
Rikta, 27, worked on the 3rd floor of Rana Plaza. She had her right arm amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP
Pakhi, 25, worked on the 5th floor of Rana Plaza. She had both her legs amputated ito free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP

Arms and legs were trapped under the building rubble, forcing rescuers with no medical training to perform amputations on the spot to free the victims. No anesthesia was available. Some of the rescuers used butchers knives or hacksaws to cut through the flesh and save the trapped workers. Many of those freed are still recovering.

Laboni, 21, worked on the fourth floor. Her left arm was amputated to free her from the rubble, 36 hours after the building collapsed. Shahi Noor, 25, worked on the sixth floor. Her right leg was cut off to free her on the day of the collapse.

People rescue garment workers trapped under rubble at the Rana Plaza building after it collapsed, in Savar, 19 miles outside Dhaka April 24, 2013. An eight-story block housing garment factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring more than 2,000.Andrew Biraj / Reuters file
Labli, 25, worked on the 2nd floor of Rana Plaza. She had her left leg amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 48 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP

Bangladesh's government and garment manufacturers are campaigning to close dangerous factories and to make safety a priority for the country's most valuable export industry. But many in the government, the industry and the rescue workers said they would not be shocked if another terrible tragedy happened

Bangladeshi garment worker Sonia, 18, worked on the 6th floor of Rana Plaza. She had her right leg amputated to free her from the rubble when she was rescued nearly 48 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP
Bangladeshi garment worker Laboni, 21, worked on the 4th floor of Rana Plaza. She had her left amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 36 hours after the building collapsed.Kevin Frayer / AP

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