Death toll in Istanbul building collapse rises to 21

Last Updated: Feb 10 2019 16:48
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Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has told Turkey’s Demiroren news agency said, The death toll from the collapse of an eight-storey building in Istanbul has risen to 21 while 14 others were injured.

Soylu said late Saturday, “An estimated 35 people were in the building according to the information we received. Twenty-one bodies were pulled out of the rubble including a person of central Asian origin,”

Seven nearby buildings were evacuated for security reasons on Thursday, while prosecutors in Istanbul carried out an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Soylu said, adding that rubble was being cleared from the first floor and work would proceed to the ground floor.