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21 dead, 14 injured in Istanbul building collapse

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According to the information given by the Turkish Interior Ministry, in an incident that took place in Istanbul killed at least 21 people and 14 others got injured after an eight-storied building collapsed.

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Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, while addressing a crisis center near the affected site in Kartal district, as confirming that at least 14 injured were rescued from the wreckage since the incident took place on Wednesday.

The Interior minister added that rescue operations were continuing for almost 74 hours after the incident, as cranes carrying heavy boulders of concrete kept on clearing the spot in order to reach out to the injured as soon as possible.

Earlier on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to the site and blamed
the authorities need to learn a lesson from the unfortunate incident.

“We have a great number of lessons to learn from this,” Channel NewsAsia quote the President while addressing to the media, adding, “We will take the necessary measures”.

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Later, the President also visited the victims in the hospital and condoled their loss of property as well as their near and dear ones.

The local media further reported that the three storeys out of the total eight in the apartment were built illegally and without the permission of municipal authorities.

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