Istanbul building collapse leaves at least 10 dead

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Several others were injured, including a five-year-old girl, after a seven-storey residential block collapsed with roughly 30 residents inside in Istanbul’s Kartal district.

The collapsed building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents. February 7, 2019.
The collapsed building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents. February 7, 2019. (Reuters)

At least 10 people were killed when a seven-storey building on Istanbul’s Asian side collapsed on Wednesday, authorities said.

Several others were also injured, including a five-year-old girl who was found Thursday morning – 18 hours after the building collapsed.

Rescue teams said they could still hear voices from under the rubble as search operations continued on Thursday.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the injured were being treated at Kartal Training and Research Hospital.

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.

Zeki Dag, a local official, said the building had 14 apartments and 27-30 residents were inside when it collapsed.

A team of 86 rescue workers and 26 fire trucks are at the site.

Prosecutors have begun an investigation into the incident.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was closely following the developments and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu monitored rescue operations until dawn.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly

Source: AA
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