Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 17

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Erdogan, visiting the site on February 9, said: "We have a great number of lessons to learn from this".

He said the government would take "determined" steps after investigators complete their work and called for speedy urban renewal.

"The number of those who lost their lives has climbed to 15", Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, quoted by Hurriyet newspaper and DHA news agency.

The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was pulled from the debris about 18 hours after the building in the mostly residential Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city, collapsed.

It was the third time the toll figures were updated during the day.

Speaking to reporters at the site, Suleyman Soylu said that a total of 35 people were believed to be trapped under the wreckage and all of them were recovered.

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The official toll had previously stood at 10 people dead and 13 injured.

Dozens of rescuers were working at the site with a crane lifting huge blocks of concrete to clear the rubble.

Thirty residents were inside the building, which contained 14 apartments, when it collapsed Wednesday, Anadolu said.

The cause of Wednesday's tragedy is under investigation but officials have said the top three floors of the eight-story building in the Kartal district were built illegally. They have criticized a government decision to grant amnesty for illegal construction a year ago ahead of the country's general election.

A four-storey structure in Istanbul collapsed a year ago following violent thunderstorms.

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