Death Toll in Residential Building Collapse in Istanbul Up to 18 - Minister

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

The death toll from the collapse of an eight-story building in Istanbul has risen to 21 while 14 others were injured, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has told Turkey's Demiroren news agency.

The Alemdar family lived in the building that collapsed Wednesday in the mostly-residential Kartal district where 17 people died. "But two more bodies were delivered from under the rubble afterwards, those of Sevval Yildiz and Eylul Dervisoglu", the minister said.

Fourteen apartments, housing at least 43 occupants were registered at the site, the city's governor said this week.

On February 6, an eight-story residential building collapsed in the Kartal District of Istanbul.

In turn, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the scene, said that his country will have to learn from the incident "a large number of lessons". Five other family members, including two children, remain hospitalized.

Speaking outside a hospital before the funeral, Erdogan said illegal construction "to make more money" caused "a very serious problem".

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. He said the government would take "determined" steps after investigators complete their work and called for speedy urban renewal.

According to the Turkish Minister, at the moment of collapse, the building housed 35 residents.

Rescuers continued to search for any trapped in the wreckage.

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Thirteen out of 14 people who were rescued alive remain hospitalized with seven of them in serious condition.