Death toll rises to 21 in Istanbul building collapse

11 Février, 2019, 20:45 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Fourteen apartments housing at least 43 occupants were registered at the site

So far, 14 people have been pulled alive from the wreckage of the building in Istanbul's mostly residential Kartal district.

The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.

Environment Minister Murat Kurum, who accompanied Erdogan, said the block had housed 14 apartments and three businesses.

He called on residents to get their buildings checked to make sure they have followed construction codes.

Earlier Saturday, Erdogan and other officials joined mourners at the funeral for nine members of the Alemdar family who lived in the collapsed building. In January 2017, two people died when another building collapsed in a working class part of town. The nine coffins were covered in green cloths. Five other relatives, including two children, are among the 13 people hospitalized in the collapse. The cause is under investigation but officials have said its top three floors were illegally built.

Seven buildings in the surrounding area were evacuated for security reasons following Wednesday's collapse. Ugurlu said "no one spoke to her on the phone".

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In Istanbul the death toll from the collapse of a residential building has risen to 21 people.

We have a great number of lessons to learn from this, Channel NewsAsia quote the President while addressing to the media, adding, We will take the necessary measures.

Previosuly, the Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca stated that at least 17 people died due to the collapse.

Erdogan is also visiting a hospital where more than a dozen people are being treated.

The death toll in the residential building collapse in the Turkish city of Istanbul has climbed to 18, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Saturday.

Soylu said: "We hope to bring out those inside safely".

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