Death toll in Istanbul building collapse climbs to 10- governor

Death toll in Istanbul building collapse climbs to 10- governor
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By Rachael Kennedy with Reuters
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The governor's office for Istanbul said 10 people were killed in a building collapse and 13 were injured.

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The death toll from a building collapse in Istanbul has risen to 10, the governor's office for the Turkish city said on Thursday. 

The eight-story residential block in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city collapsed on Wednesday, which injured 13 others. 

Several people were pulled from the rubble and taken to hospital. Rescuers were forced to work through the night in a race to find more survivors.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya said on Twitter the search and rescue operation would "continue uninterrupted", adding that a five-year-old girl had been pulled alive from the rubble on Thursday morning.

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The girl's father, Fethi Ahmet Tekgoz, was quoted in local reports as saying his daughter was in "good health", despite being trapped under the rubble for 19 hours.

Several buildings situated near the collapsed block have since been considered a possible risk and were being monitored by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation, Yerlikaya said.

The block, which was located in the Turkish city's Kartal district, was home to at least 43 people.

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