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Girl, 5, pulled from rubble 18 hours after building collapse in Istanbul

Girl, 5, pulled from rubble 18 hours after building collapse in Istanbul”

Rescue teams Thursday saved a 5-year-old girl from the debris of an Istanbul apartment collapse, said Turkish officials.

It was not immediately clear how many people were trapped in the wreckage. Broadcast images showed her blinking as she was carried out on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace, to a waiting ambulance.

The building, with 43 people living in 14 apartments, collapsed on Wednesday.

An eight-story residential building with about 30 people inside came crashing down at 3:59 p.m. (1259 GMT) Wednesday in Kartal, a densely populated district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

At least three people have been found dead in the rubble, and 13 people - including the two children - have been rescued.

At least three people were killed when an eight-storey building collapsed in Turkey, the Istanbul Governor's office announced on Thursday.

Murat Kurum, environment and urbanisation minister, said that several other buildings in the area had seven, nine or 10 floors, despite receiving permits for five. A 9-year-old boy also was rescued overnight.

Prosecutors have begun an investigation into the incident and an Istanbul court issued a broadcasting ban, the country's top broadcasting authority, the Radio and Television Supreme Council, said in a statement.

He added: "All our prayers, all our hearts are with them".

Speaking to reporters at the site, Soylu said rescue work has been ongoing for 31 hours in an effort to reach more survivors.

One four-storey structure crumbled previous year following violent thunderstorms and in January 2017, two people died when another building collapsed in a working class part of town. He said there was a textile workshop operating without a license at the entrance.



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