The Latest: Death toll in Istanbul building collapse now 14

The Latest: Death toll in Istanbul building collapse now 14
Turkish rescue workers carry a 16-year-old boy after they pulled him out from the rubble of an eight-story building which collapsed two days earlier in Istanbul, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Turkey’s interior minister says emergency teams have found three more bodies in the rubble of a collapsed eight-story building in Istanbul, increasing the death toll to 14.

Suleyman Soylu said Friday that rescuers were pressing ahead with efforts to reach other people trapped inside the debris. He did not say how many people remain unaccounted-for.

So far, 14 people have been pulled alive from the wreckage of the building in Istanbul’s mostly residential Kartal district. They include a 16-year-old boy who was rescued on Friday.

Soylu said: “We hope to bring out those inside safely.”

The minister promised punishment for anyone found responsible for the collapse at the end of an investigation.


10:25 a.m.

Turkey’s interior minister says the number of dead from the collapse of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul has increased to 11.

Suleyman Soylu made the announcement late on Thursday after emergency teams, assisted by sniffer dogs, found one more body in the wreckage from Wednesday’s collapse in Istanbul’s mostly residential Kartal district.

Friends and relatives on Friday continued to wait near the wreckage for news of their missing loved ones.

So far, 13 people have been pulled out of the wreckage alive.

Officials have not disclosed how many people are unaccounted-for, and it is not clear if rescuers hope to find any more survivors.