CCTV footage shows moment multi-storey building collapses in Istanbul

Mae Love
February 7, 2019

Emergency rescue teams are trying to reach the four people left under the rubble. Three of them were in serious condition, Yerlikaya said.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said the building, which houses 43 people in 14 apartments, was only meant to be five storeys tall.

As they searched the pile of rubble, rescuers occasionally appealed for quiet to listen for any sounds coming from underneath that might indicate trapped survivors.

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

Rescue workers has rescued a woman from the debris of an eight-story building which collapsed in Istanbul.

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

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"Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters who are inside".

"We rushed out as soon as we heard a loud noise".

Additional personnel would be requested from neighbouring provinces if necessary, he said. "When we got out we saw that the building had collapsed". Aerial views of the area showed roads leading to the building blocked by vehicles and crowds.

The chief prosecutor's office said it launched an investigation into the collapse of the 27-year-old building.

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog later announced the prosecutor's office had ordered a media blackout, citing the ongoing investigation into the collapse.

Yıldırım confirmed two people have died and six residents have been rescued from the rubble of the eight-story building, while noting that the building next to the collapsed compound has been evacuated as part of a security precaution after experts suspected that it might have been damaged during the collapse. Turkish television stations then immediately ended their live broadcasts from the scene.

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