Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 3; 12 rescued

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 3; 12 rescued

A nine-year-old boy was also rescued.

At least two people were killed and six wounded after an eight-storey residential building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday (Feb 6), the governor's office said.

"Racing against time, the teams are working, making great sacrifices,"Binali Yildirim, a former Turkish prime minister and the current parliament speaker who is running for mayor of Istanbul in March's local elections, told reporters at the site". Rescue teams are responding to voices from the debris and continuing efforts to reach the survivors.

More than 40 people have been living in the building's 14 apartments, the city's governor Ali Yerlikaya said.

Surveillance camera footage of the moment of collapse which was shown on Turkish television showed people fleeing in terror as the building disintegrated, leaving a huge cloud of dust.

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Emergency services were called to the scene of the collapse of the 7-storey building in the city's Kartal district after 16:00 local time.

It was not immediately clear how many other people were believed to be trapped in the wreckage.

At least three people have been found dead in the rubble, and 13 people - including Tekgoz - have been rescued.

One four-storey structure crumbled previous year following violent thunderstorms and in January 2017, two people died when another building collapsed in a working class part of town.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse. Following Wednesday's collapse of the seven-story building in the Kartal district with some 30 residents inside, adjacent buildings were evacuated due to safety concerns. He said there was a textile workshop operating without a license at the entrance.

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