An elevator in a state-run dormitory of Turkey’s capital Ankara on Nov. 16 fell four floors with students inside. While no students were harmed, the accident is the latest addition to the tens of elevator malfunctions students living in state-run dormitories have reported over the last month.
The elevator malfunctioned around 7 p.m. local time while it was carrying students and fell four floors to the basement. Although none of the students inside were harmed, they were distressed. Dormitory staff rescued the students and took them to the nearest hospital for health checks, the Demirören News Agency (DHA) reported.
The Movement of the Unsheltered (“Barınamıyoruz”) shared the accident on its social media account. The group has been sharing reports of faulty elevators, problems in the cafeterias, and overall infrastructure in state-run dorms sent in by students.
The group has shared over 20 elevator malfunctions reported by students living in state-run dormitories in the last month, after the Oct. 26 fatal accident in the western Aydın province killed 22-year-old Zeren Ertaş brought attention to the issue.
Ankara Çubuk Kız KYK'da asansör 3. kattan eksi 1'e düştü.— Barınamıyoruz Hareketi (@barinamayanlar) November 16, 2023
İçerisinde bulunan arkadaşlarımızın sağlık durumları iyi. Tüm KYK yurtlarında asansörlerin kontrolünü yapmayan @GSB_KYGM açıktan canımıza kast ediyor! Derhal tüm yurtlarda asansörleri denetleyin! pic.twitter.com/uWYt0w2dKV
The movement’s post read, “The Student Loans and Dormitories Institution (KYK) does not regularly check the elevators in its dormitories is making an attempt on our lives! Check all elevators in your dormitories immediately!”