Death toll in Turkey building collapse rises to 17

The death toll from a building collapse in the Turkish city of Istanbul has risen to 17.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Health, 13 people still remain in hospital following the collapse of the building on Wednesday.

Two days after the collapse, rescue workers managed to save a 16-year-old buy from the rubble.

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

However, top three floors of the building were built illegally, the governor added.

On top of that, a textile workshop was operating without a licence at the entrance.

“There are lessons we need to learn,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, offering his condolences to the victims of the family members on Saturday.

Seven buildings in the surrounding area were evacuated for security reasons following Wednesday’s collapse.

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.

After the prosecutor’s office said it was looking into the cause of the incident, Turkish television stations immediately ended their live broadcasts from the scene.

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog later announced the prosecutor’s office had ordered the media blackout, citing the investigation into the collapse as the reason.

SOURCE:
Al Jazeera and news agencies

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