A two-story building suddenly collapsed in eastern Turkey’s Malatya on Tuesday after a crack, at 4:50 pm.. Witnesses and media reports said the building crumbled during planned repairs that resulted in damage to one of the supporting columns.Local units from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) rescued at least 13 injured people from the rubble but many are feared to be trapped. Two were being treated in intensive care but were not in critical condition, authorities said. At least 10 are supposed missing. Some of the people were injured while passing by the building. It was panic on the surrounding streets.
The building had a coffeehouse along with other shops on the ground floor. Malatya’s main opposition CHP party chairman Enver Kiraz put the number trapped at up to 30. Turkey’s emergency agencies dispatched over 260 personnel to the site. Search and rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the scene. Rescuers have heard survivors calling out from beneath the wreckage. President Erdogan’s communications director Fahrettin Altun said the state and regional authorities had fully mobilised in the search and rescue mission. Television images showed rescuers using construction diggers to remove large blocks of debris. The two-story building was located on a busy street in Malatya, a city of 450,000 inhabitants located 500 km east of Ankara. An investigation has beed launched to find the case of the collapse.