Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse

Fears for 30 trapped in rubble of fallen Istanbul flats Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 15
Kenny Thornton | 11 February, 2019, 09:29

Turkey's interior minister has said the death toll in the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 16.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, speaks as he joins hundreds of mourners who attend the funeral prayers for nine members of Alemdar family killed in a collapsed apartment building, in Istanbul, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The residential building, in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, collapsed on Wednesday.

"There are lessons we need to learn", Erdogan said, visiting the building site.

As the overall death toll rose to 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were "many lessons to learn" from the tragedy.

Speaking to reporters at the site, Suleyman Soylu said that a total of 35 people were believed to be trapped under the wreckage and all of them were recovered.

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"Those who are responsible will be held to account", Soylu said.

Erdogan also visited a hospital where more than a dozen people are being treated.

Turkish media said three of the eight floors had been illegally built - a relatively common practice in the metropolis of some 15 million people.

The collapse fuelled criticism of a government amnesty granted previous year to people accused of building illegally - a measure announced before municipal elections this March. Seven of them are in serious condition.

The official toll had previously stood at 10 people dead and 13 injured. The building had 14 apartments with 43 people registered as residents.

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