Istanbul building collapse: Death toll rises to 21

(190207) -- ISTANBUL, Feb. 7, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Rescue workers are seen at the scene where an eight-storey apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 7, 2019. An eight-storey apartment building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday. The death toll from the collapse has risen to three, with 12 others injured, the Istanbul governor's office announced on Thursday. (Xinhua/Xu Suhui)

Istanbul, ┬áThe death toll has risen to 21 three days after an eight-storey residential building collapsed in Istanbul, Turkey’s interior minister announced.

Speaking at a crisis centre near the scene in Kartal district, Suleyman Soylu on Saturday said 14 people had been rescued from the rubble with injuries since the incident happened on Wednesday.

The rescue operation has been continuing for almost 74 hours after the incident, the minister added.

Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the wounded in the hospital.