Several people have been rescued after a commercial building collapsed in the Turkish city of Malatya.
Local officials reported that 13 people have been pulled from the rubble by Tuesday evening, but said more were still trapped.
Malatya provincial governor Aydın Baruş told reporters that “around 20 people” were in the building when it collapsed.
“Search and rescue officials stated that they heard a voice from a person [and] they are trying to reach them,” Baruş said in a statement.
“We estimate that there are not many people under the rubble, but we continue to work diligently.”
The government’s Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said that 13 people have been taken to hospital with injuries.
“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.
Source: Euro News