Istanbul apartment block collapse: Girl, 5, pulled alive from rubble in Turkey

Rescue workers search the rubble of the building which collapsed in the Kartal district

A five-year-old girl has been rescued from the rubble of an eight-storey apartment building which collapsed in Istanbul.

Turkish officials said 10 people have died in the disaster in the Kartal district after the block came down around 4pm local time on Wednesday.

Havva Tekgov, five, was rescued from the debris and placed on a stretcher 18 hours after the disaster.

As she was placed in an ambulance, a person in the crowd chanted “God is great” before the child was taken to hospital.

Her rescue came hours after a nine-year-old boy was pulled out alive.

Emergency teams worked around the clock in search of survivors after the collapse put the spotlight on illegal construction.

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