Istanbul rescuers search rubble for survivors after building collapse

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A seven-story building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday, killing at least one person and trapping several others inside the rubble, Turkish media reports said.

It was not immediately clear how many people were trapped in the wreckage or what afternoon caused the collapse of the 27-year-old apartment block, in Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, on Wednesday afternoon.

At the time of the disaster, around 43 people were living in the building, which had 14 apartments. He said local authorities had told him that three of the eight storeys had been illegally added.

Overnight, a 9-year-old boy was also rescued from the debris.

Rescuers work at the site of the collapsed building in Istanbul's Kartal district, Turkey, February 6, 2019.

'We are continuing with our search and rescue efforts so that we can deliver good news (about survivors)'.

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Surveillance camera footage of the moment of collapse which was shown on Turkish television showed people fleeing in terror as the building disintegrated, leaving a huge cloud of dust.

At least three people have been found dead, officials said on Thursday.

Yerlikaya didn't say how many people remain unaccounted for.

Four of the 13 people rescued are listed in critical condition, Anadolu reported.

A textile workshop on the building's lower floor was empty at the time, local official Zeki Dag told local media earlier.

"Provincial authorities are in the process of identifying them and. action will be taken against buildings that carry risks", he said. It reported that Turkey's broadcasting watchdog declared that Istanbul's prosecutor's office had ordered the blackout and reasoned that the coverage will only hinder the investigations.

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