Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Eight-storey apartment building collapses in Istanbul, two dead

Eight-storey apartment building collapses in Istanbul, two dead

Some residents have been trapped inside the wreckage, but officials haven not provided the exact number of people under the rubble.

Rescue workers try to remove rubble from an eight-storey building which collapsed a day earlier in Istanbul, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

The death toll from the collapse has risen to three, with 12 others injured, the Istanbul governor's office announced on Thursday.

As emergency teams worked around the clock in search of any more survivors trapped in the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul, its collapse put the spotlight on illegal construction and raised alarms over the scope of possible destruction in the event that a large quake hit the city.

Can Akin, of the Chamber of Geology Engineers, told The Associated Press that many buildings in Istanbul were built without an adequate investigation of the ground conditions. At least one person has died while three of those injured have been rescued.

It was not immediately clear why the building in the Kartal district had collapsed.

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According to the Governor's office statement, rescue work continued on Thursday in search of survivors, though it was not specified how many people were still trapped under the debris.

The death toll from a building collapse in Istanbul has climbed to 14 after several more bodies were recovered, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Friday.

Video footage shows Havva Tekgoz, 5, being uncovered from rubble by rescuers before she's taken away on a stretch.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim, who also went to the site, told reporters that as a precaution, people living in the next building were evacuated due to possible damage caused by the collapse.

Authorities said the top three floors had been illegally built. The rescue operation was interrupted three times over fears that it might fall and harm rescuers, Yerlikaya said.

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