Erdogan receives a briefing on the collapse of a building in Malatya

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a briefing on Tuesday evening on the incident of the collapse of a building in the state of Malatya and the progress of search and rescue operations.

The Turkish Presidency Communication Department said in a statement that President Erdogan was briefed on the latest developments on the incident.

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This was through a telephone conversation with the governor of Malatya, Aydin Baruch, and the mayor of the state, Salah al-Din Gurkan.

The two officials briefed Erdogan on the incident and the progress of search and rescue operations.

Erdogan stressed that the state stands by its citizens with all its capabilities and institutions, expressing his wishes for the safety of those affected and a speedy recovery for the injured.

At least 13 people were injured on Tuesday when a two-story building collapsed in the Yeşil-Yurt district of the central Turkish state of Malatya.

Until now, the causes of the collapse have not been known, but eyewitnesses said that one of the workplaces in the building was undergoing maintenance operations throughout the day and that one of the building’s columns was removed during that time.

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Meanwhile, the governor of Malatya, Aydin Baruch, stated that expectations indicate that there were 20 people inside the building before it collapsed.