In ruins of collapsed building, a desperate search for survivors in Bangladesh

By Saeed Ahmed

(CNN) — Seventy-two hours.

In any calamity, the first 72 hours are critical. The chances of finding survivors dwindle significantly after that.

But in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, Sunday marks day four of a catastrophic building collapse. And miraculously, from the rubble of mangled metal and cement, the living continue to emerge.

Authorities rescued four people from the crumbled nine-story building Sunday morning — and rumors flew that more have been spotted in a small pocket in the sandwiched structure.

If true, the new survivors will add to the growing total of people pulled out alive, which already stands at more than 2,400.

Buoyed by hope, authorities have decided to delay moving from a rescue operation to a recovery one.

The heavy machinery they brought in to tear through the large slabs of concrete sit idle for the moment as rescuers — a combination of troops…

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