5-year-old girl rescued from collapsed building in Turkey

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2019

The death toll from the collapse of a seven-story building in Istanbul has risen to 11 after another body was recovered, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Thursday.

However, Mr Kurum told reporters that some apartments had guests at the time of the collapse, without providing details.

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

Rescue teams Thursday saved a 5-year-old girl from the debris of an Istanbul apartment collapse, said Turkish officials.

'We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts so that we can deliver good news (about survivors)'.

It was not immediately clear how many people were trapped in the wreckage or what afternoon caused the collapse of the 27-year-old apartment block, in Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rescue workers pulled six people out of the rubble and were working to free more who were trapped.

Local Turkish media reported that at least one individual was brought out with injuries, while three other people were hospitalized earlier.

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!" As the media look into the incident, it was discovered that the building's top three floors were built without proper documents and permit.

Three people were been found dead after the structure fell, and three more were seriously injured, officials confirmed.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya went on to reveal that the ground floor of the structure has a textile workshop too, but this has been operating illegally since it has no license.

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