Tragic Building Collapse in Istanbul Sparks Renewed Safety Concerns

A five-story building in Istanbul collapsed, resulting in one death and eight injuries. This incident has reignited safety concerns about structures in an earthquake-prone city. Authorities rescued several from the rubble, and the incident has drawn attention to the need for improved building regulations.

PTI | Istanbul | Updated: 02-06-2024 15:26 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 15:26 IST
Tragic Building Collapse in Istanbul Sparks Renewed Safety Concerns
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In a tragic incident on Sunday, a five-story apartment building in Istanbul collapsed, killing one person and injuring eight others, according to authorities. The collapse has renewed fears about the resilience of buildings in a city prone to earthquakes.

Television footage showed firefighters working meticulously, shifting rubble by hand from the flattened structure in Kucukcekmece, on Istanbul's European side. Initially, seven people were rescued from the debris, including two who were severely injured, reported Istanbul Governor Davut Gul who was present at the scene.

Later, officials confirmed that another injured individual was rescued, and one body was recovered. The 36-year-old building collapsed at around 8:40 a.m. local time, but the cause remains unclear, with no signs of an explosion or seismic activity. The top two floors were residential, while the lower floors housed businesses.

Footage from a nearby camera revealed that passengers waiting for a public minibus narrowly escaped being hit by the falling debris. This collapse comes in the wake of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake last year that killed over 59,000 people in southern Turkiye and Syria, raising critical concerns about the enforcement of building regulations in Turkiye. Istanbul, home to 16 million people, lies near the North Anatolian Fault, and a 1999 earthquake in the region had claimed at least 18,000 lives.

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