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Thirteen people rescued from rubble after building collapses in Turkey

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By Euronews  with AFP
Emergency workers at the site of the collapsed building in Malatya.
Emergency workers at the site of the collapsed building in Malatya.   -   Copyright  DHA via AFP-TV

Thirteen people have been rescued after a commercial building collapsed in the Turkish city of Malatya.

The provincial governor Aydın Baruş had told reporters that "around 20 people" were in the building when it collapsed on Tuesday evening.

Local officials reported that 13 people have been pulled from the rubble by Tuesday evening, but said more were still trapped.

But emergency services have determined that no one remained trapped under the rubble.

"We received information from citizens at the scene that there were 21 people in the building in total," Baruş said in a statement.

"Eight of these 21 people escaped by their own efforts in the first moments of the incident."

The government's Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said that the 13 rescued people have been taken to hospital with injuries, including two in intensive care.

"Search and rescue teams from the provinces were dispatched to the region to support the activities," AFAD said on Twitter.

The two-story building was located on a busy street in Malatya, a city of 450,000 inhabitants located 500 km east of Ankara.

The reason for the collapse is not yet known, but an investigation has been launched.

A total of 447 emergency personnel were dispatched to the site and excavators are now working to clear debris.

"We are very happy and grateful that we survived such a tragic accident without any real loss of life," Baruş added.

"The wreckage of this building will also be removed as soon as possible."