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Istanbul Hotel Death Toll Hits 4

September 20, 2001

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Two people hurt in the collapse of an Istanbul hotel Wednesday have died from their injuries, raising the number of dead to four, an official said.

Rescue workers were still looking Thursday for a mother and her daughter believed to be buried inside, said firefighter Ilhan Ince.

Two of the 18 people injured in the collapse died in a hospital, said Birgul Ozkan, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office.

The hotel caved in before dawn Wednesday when a subway tunnel being built underneath collapsed. Rescue efforts were temporarily halted late Wednesday when debris and earth slipped, making the site unsafe for rescuers.

Hopes for finding the Romanian mother and her 13-year-old daughter alive were fading.

``I don’t think anyone is left alive down there,″ said Murat Uzan, a rescue worker. ``Even retrieving their bodies will be a huge task.″

Most hotel guests were working class Turks and budget tourists from Iran and eastern Europe.

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