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At least two killed in building collapses in Turkey's Istanbul

09 February 2019, 02:57 | Glen Norman

At least two killed in building collapses in Turkey's Istanbul

Istanbul collapse

The death toll from a building collapse in Istanbul has climbed to six after three more bodies were recovered, the governor said on Thursday. "We hear voices coming from the debris", said Murat Kurum, Turkey's environment and urbanization minister.

Rescuers carry an injured woman on a stretcher from the site of a collapsed building in Turkey, Feb. 7, 2019.

Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said Thursday the search for survivors would continue "uninterrupted".

Security camera footage broadcast on HaberTurk television showed several people, including schoolchildren with backpacks, running away from the site as the building tumbled down and a cloud of dust engulfed the area about 4 pm.

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Turkish emergency services said Havva Tekgoz was found 18 hours after the collapse, and she was immediately rushed to hospital.

He did not provide details on the number of people still trapped under the wreckage.

Local Turkish media reported that at least one individual was brought out with injuries, while three other people were hospitalized earlier.

The building, with 43 people living in 14 apartments, collapsed on Wednesday.

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Officials have said the building's top three floors were built illegally, although the cause of the collapse is still under investigation. At least one person has died while three of those injured have been rescued.

Twelve people have been rescued from the rubble of the building that collapsed on Wednesday in Istanbul's Kartal neighbourhood, south of the Aydos Forest, on the Asian side of Turkey's largest city, Efe news reported. He said there was a textile workshop operating without a license at the entrance.

On the heels of the dramatic rescue of the 5-year-old, rescue efforts at the apartment are ongoing.

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