Race to find survivors as Istanbul building collapse kills two

Lloyd Doyle
February 7, 2019

The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!"

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said 12 people have been rescued from the rubble of the building in Kartal district, including one in critical condition.

Overnight, a 9-year-old boy was also rescued from the debris.

It was not immediately clear how many people were trapped in the wreckage.

More than 40 people lived in 14 apartments, with the top three floors reportedly built illegally.

Video from the scene showed dozens of people sifting through the rubble while emergency services co-ordinated relief efforts.

"All our prayers, all our hearts are with them", Yerlikaya said in reference to people who may still be trapped.

Kurum said the emergency teams are still "receiving sounds" suggesting signs of life from the under the rubble.

Rescuers are seen at the site of a collapsed residential building in the Kartal district, Istanbul, Feb. 7, 2019.

"We will work without interruption until the search and rescue operation is complete", Yerlikaya told reporters.

Yıldırım confirmed two people have died and six residents have been rescued from the rubble of the eight-story building, while noting that the building next to the collapsed compound has been evacuated as part of a security precaution after experts suspected that it might have been damaged during the collapse.

A textile workshop on the building's lower floor was empty at the time, local official Zeki Dag told local media earlier.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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