How long can victims of Surfside condos survive in the rubble?
As the death toll rises and weather conditions hamper search and rescue at the Surfside condo collapse site, hope remains amid the wreckage.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett is one of many tirelessly leading the charge on the South Champlain Tours site.
This week, Burkett recalled a woman who was able to survive 17 days buried after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh in May 2013. More than 1,000 people died in the tragedy.
According to media at the time, Reshma Begum, then 19, told rescuers that she munched on a packet of cookies she bought for breakfast before work and that bottles of water had been thrown into the debris by rescuers.
“Nobody gives up hope here. Nobody stops. The work continues at full speed, ”said Burkett. “We are determined to get everyone out of this rubble pile and reunite them with their families. “
Other observers in history have referred to survivors of the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. More than 300,000 people perished in the disaster, but one man managed to hold on for. almost a month under a tangled quagmire of debris. Rice seller Evans Monsignac, then 27, miraculously survived 27 days after being trapped in his decimated stall at La Saline market in Port-au-Prince. He was rescued on February 8 by Salvation Army volunteers.
Later transferred to Tampa General Hospital, he told the poignant story.
“I still don’t understand how I am here,” Monsignac told Britain’s Daily Telegraph as he recovered again a month later in hospital in Florida. “I was resigned to die. But God gave me life. The fact that I am alive today is not because of me, it is because of the grace of God. It’s a miracle. I can not explain it.
The average human can go about three days without water; Monsignac was able to find a source of water, which turned out to be raw sewage dripping from the debris. He drank it. He lost about 60 pounds during his ordeal, weighing about 88 pounds at the time of his rescue.
In 2001, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Bhuj, India, and Viral Dalal spent five days under pieces of concrete in a collapsed building, according to NBC4 in Washington.
Watching the news of the Surfside collapse sparked memories of the Virginia resident’s own experience and inspired hope that other survivors could be saved.
“When I look at him, I just feel like there must be someone out there somewhere, stuck in a place where the person isn’t hurt, but just stuck, just waiting to help, “the” Choose Light “author told the station.
After days of staring at concrete just two inches from his face, the International Rescue Corps pulled him out.
What got him through? Mental strength, the hope of being saved and of imagining what it would be like to be reunited with loved ones.
“It’s amazing where your mind can take you,” said Dalal, who appears in a Discovery Plus documentary about the horrific experience. “Your mind can take you to dark places and I had to retreat from where my mind was trying to take me and where I wanted to go.”
Jacqueline Charles, staff writer for the Miami Herald, contributed to this report.