Death toll rises in Istanbul building collapse

Death toll rises in Istanbul building collapse

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Saturday said the death toll in the residential building collapse in the Turkish city of Istanbul had risen to 18, Ahval reports with a reference to the pro-government daily Sabah. 

An eight-storey apartment building collapsed in Istanbul's Kartal district on Wednesday, killing several people and leaving others injured or trapped. Rescue teams continue clearing the rubble. 

The cause of the disaster is not yet known, however, officials have said three stories of the building were constructed illegally. Turkish prosecutors have opened an investigation into the incident. An illegal buildup of the top three floors of the building is considered to be a possible reason behind the collapse.

Turkish authorities have imposed a restriction on reporting the incident which took place in the city’s Kartal district, where rescuers continue to work around a mound of debris.