Some have survived many days after calamities

Reshma Begum's survival for 17 days without medical assistance in the collapsed eight-floor garment factory building in Bangladesh isn't the only remarkable story of perseverance in recent years:

— 69 days: A crew of 33 Chilean miners were pinned nearly a half-mile underground for more than two months. The men stretched an emergency food supply meant to last just 48 hours over 2 1/2 weeks, taking tiny sips of milk and bites of tuna fish every other day. After that, they received food and water threaded down to them through a tiny borehole.

— 27 days: Rice vender Evans Monsignac, 27, was found in a collapsed flea market nearly a month after a Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Countering speculation that he had access to food and clean water, he told a British newspaper that he survived by sipping sewage.

— 25 days: Three miners were found alive in July 2009 after being trapped in a flooded mine in southern China. The miners drank water that seeped through the earth, authorities said.

— 16 days: Sales clerk Park Sung-Hyun, 19, survived under a collapsed shopping mall in 1995 in Seoul, South Korea.

— 15 days: Construction worker Ari Afrizal survived on a raft at sea after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.

— 15 days: A 32-year-old fisherman and his brother and niece were rescued from their dinghy after surviving on raw fish and a bottle of water when Hurricane Pauline hit Mexico in 1997.

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Sources: The Associated Press, The Sunday Telegraph

Associated Press

Authors: TSX Today

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S&P/TSX Composite Index

The TSX stock exchange defines an index as a statistical measure of the state of the stock market, based on the performance of certain stocks. The performance of the index is typically viewed as a broad indicator of the direction of the economy. Originally known as the TSE 300 the composite index was created in 1977, with a base level of 1000 as of 1975. Through the years the index consisted of a sample of 300 companies, though the companies that comprised the index varied from year to year. Stocks were dropped when they no longer met exchange requirements for size and liquidity.

Effective May 1st, 2002 the index has been managed by Standard & Poor's Corp. of New York. The name was changed from the TSE 300 to the S&P/TSX Composite Index. Along with the S&P branding came new rules. Tougher criteria for meeting size and liquidity standards were imposed and there is now no fixed number of companies in the index. Since May 2002 the number of companies has dropped from 300 to 212 as of November of 2003.

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