Saved: Girl (5) found in rubble 18 hours after building collapsed

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster.

Earlier, health minister Fahrettin Koca increased the death toll to 17.

The building in Istanbul's mostly-residential Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday.

He said the government would take "steps in a determined way" after investigators complete their work.

The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul rose to 21 on February 9, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said authorities have "lessons to learn" from the incident.

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"Those who are responsible will be held to account", Soylu said. It was not immediately clear what caused the building. They have criticized a government decision to grant amnesty for illegal construction previous year ahead of the country's general election.

Rescuers continue to comb through the wreckage of the building in an eastern suburb of Istanbul, Turkey's biggest city, more than two days after it fell down. Seven of the injured were still in serious condition on Saturday.

Overnight, emergency services also rescued a nine-year-old boy.

Rescue teams were last night still searching the rubble of an apartment block in Istanbul after a local official warned that there could have been as many as 30 people inside when it collapsed on Wednesday.

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

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