Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse

Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse

Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse

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

Some residents have been trapped inside the wreckage, but officials haven not provided the exact number of people under the rubble.

An eight-story building has collapsed in Istanbul, killing at least one person and trapping several others inside the rubble, according to Turkish media reports.

It was not immediately clear why the building, in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, had collapsed but NTV said prosecutors had launched an investigation into the incident. At least one person has died while three of those injured have been rescued.

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

Ali Yerlikaya told reporters early Thursday that rescue teams working overnight pulled 12 people out of the rubble with injuries.

Rescue workers and people try to remove debris of a seven-story building which collapsed in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

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

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Security camera footage broadcast 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 about 4 pm.

He added that the top three floors of the building were built illegally.

Yerlikaya also said there was a textile workshop on the ground floor of the building that was operating without a license.

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