TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Turkey building collapse death toll hits 14

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Istanbul, Turkey   /   Fri, February 8, 2019   /   10:10 pm
Turkey building collapse death toll hits 14 Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed building in Kartal district of Istanbul, Turkey, February 6, 2019. An eight-storey apartment building in Istanbul collapsed on Wednesday leaving at least one person dead, Turkish media reported. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)

The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul has climbed to 14, a Turkish government minister said Friday.

The eight-storey block in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city collapsed on Wednesday but the cause is not yet clear.

"So far 14 of our fellow citizens have been lost and another 14 people have been brought out of the rubble alive," Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told a news conference.

The official toll had previously stood at 10 people dead and 13 injured.

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

Anadolu news agency said 43 people were registered as living in the building.

The collapse fanned criticism of a government amnesty granted last year to people accused of illegal building -- a measure announced ahead of municipal elections this March.

A four-storey structure in Istanbul crumbled last year following violent thunderstorms. In January 2017, two people died when another building collapsed in a working class part of town.