Pakistan Factory Collapse: A Woman Saved Saved After 31 Hours Under Rubble As Death Toll Rises To 21

A senior rescue official says the death toll from a factory that collapsed in an eastern Pakistani city and trapped dozens has risen to 21.

Deaths from factory collapse in Pakistan up to 21

ISLAMABAD — A senior rescue official says the death toll from a factory that collapsed in an eastern Pakistani city and trapped dozens has risen to 21.

Pakistani rescue workers pull Saleha Bibi from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled the 65-year-old Bibi, seen wearing pink scarf, out of the rubble alive after she was trapped for 31 hours in the rubble of a collapsed factory in the eastern Pakistan city, as the death toll from the accident rose to 18.

Rizwan Naseer said on Wednesday that rescue workers saved a young man, Ghulam Abbas, who had spent 47 hours trapped under the rubble of the factory in the city of Lahore.

Abbas says there were still women and children alive under the pile of debris who needed immediate help.

The factory collapsed on Monday after several gas cylinders inside exploded. It had been built illegally in a residential area of Lahore. The government tried to shut it down three times, but each time it reopened.