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Turkey building collapse death toll rises to three; 12 rescued

10 February 2019, 01:55 | Devin Moran

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to three; 12 rescued

Rescue workers and people try to remove debris of a seven-story building which collapsed in Istanbul Wednesday Feb. 6 2019. A seven-story building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday killing at least one person and trapping several others inside the

An eight-storey apartment building in Istanbul collapsed on Wednesday leaving at least two people dead, Turkish media reported.

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.

Police, ambulances and firefighters raced to the scene in the Kartal district of Turkey's largest city and pulled three people of the rubble.

Her rescue came hours after a nine-year-old boy was pulled out alive.

The tragedy also raised alarms over the possibility of major destruction if a large quake hit the city.

He did not provide details on the number of people still trapped under the wreckage.

"We will work without interruption until the search and rescue operation is complete", Yerlikaya, the governor, told reporters.

Neighbour Cemile Dag said the collapse had brought to mind haunting images from a deadly quake that hit northwestern Turkey in 1999, destroying thousands of homes. I looked behind me and the building, like a deck of cards, fell to the ground.

Authorities evacuated seven surrounding buildings, and one was under serious risk of collapse. "There were wails, screaming".

Cevizli local headman Memiş Dikilitaş told Turkish broadcaster NTV that there was no explosion before the collapse, noting that the building, which was old, collapsed on its own.

"Istanbul is situated on a seismic belt", the expert said.

Prosecutors have begun an investigation into the incident and an Istanbul court issued a broadcasting ban, the country's top broadcasting authority, the Radio and Television Supreme Council, said in a statement.

"In the event of an natural disaster in Istanbul, we could be faced with a dire picture".

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