The collapse of a house in Istanbul: the death toll has risen

The collapse of a house in Istanbul: the death toll has risen

He said someone had illegally built its top two floors with low quality concrete and sea sand instead of construction-grade concrete and stronger steel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officials and hundreds of people attended the funeral Saturday.

On Friday, another grief stricken cousin had told The Associated Press about an alleged conversation in which the 29-year-old Kambur reached her sister by phone from the rubble and said: "I am alive".

Initial studies revealed the use of poor construction materials in the building, Kurum said as he called on citizens in the neighbourhood to report similar risks to the authorities.

Xinhua quoted Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, while addressing a crisis centre 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.

Turkey's president was among hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral Saturday for nine members of a family killed in the apartment building collapse in Istanbul as the overall death toll increased to 17.

Five other family members are among the 14 hospitalized.

"We have many lessons that we should learn here", Erdogan said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials joined the funeral prayers for the Alemdar family following the president's first visit to the site of Wednesday's tragedy.

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

Turkey's health minister says the number of dead from the collapsed eight-story building in Istanbul has risen to 15.

Thirteen people pulled from the rubble have been hospitalized and seven remain in intensive care.

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