Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 18

Turkey building collapse death toll hits 14 - The Jakarta Post

Turkey building collapse death toll hits 14 - The Jakarta Post

Turkey's interior minister says emergency teams have found three more bodies in the rubble of a collapsed eight-story building in Istanbul, increasing the death toll to 14. In January 2017, two people died when another building collapsed in a working class part of town.

Turkish media said the incident exposed the country's problem with illegal construction and was a warning sign against an quake risk. The governor urged citizens to observe silence in the area of rescue operations and not cause disturbances for the rescuers. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses.

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

Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the wounded in hospital and went to the scene.

Ismail Ugurlu said his cousin Seyma Kambur and her two children, 5 and 9, were in the building that collapsed Wednesday.

On Friday, another grief stricken cousin had told The Associated Press about an alleged conversation in which the 29-year-old Kambur reached her sister by phone from the rubble and said: "I am alive".

Erdogan said there were "many lessons to learn", and the government would take "steps in a determined way" after investigators complete their work.

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on sent a cable of condolences to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the deaths of several people in a building collapse in Istanbul, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

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

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

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Thirteen people remain hospitalized with seven of them in serious condition.

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