Three dead, 12 injured in Istanbul apartment building collapse

Leroy Wright
February 9, 2019

Rescuers work at the site of a building that collapsed in Istanbul's Kartal district, Turkey, on February 6, 2019.

According to Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya, Tekgoz was rescued under the wreckage after almost 18 hours. Rescue teams are responding to voices from the debris and continuing efforts to reach the survivors.

Security camera footage 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.

Turkish emergency services have pulled out a 5-year-old girl from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul about 18 hours after it collapsed.

Murat Kurum, the minister for environment and urbanization, would not say how many more people are believed to be trapped inside the wreckage.

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

Local Turkish media reported that at least one individual was brought out with injuries, while three other people were hospitalized earlier. She was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher with her neck in a brace, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!"

"Three people were killed and 12 others were wounded", the governor's office said in a brief statement, noting that three of the injured were in "critical condition".

Media reports said three of the eight floors had been illegally built in what is a relatively common practice in this metropolis of some 15 million. Yerlikaya urged people to vacate the scene to let rescuers operate more effectively.

The building, located in Istanbul's Kartal district, collapsed Wednesday while 30 residents were inside.

It was not immediately clear how many people were in the building when it collapsed, although 43 people were registered as living there in 14 separate apartments, Anadolu said.

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