At least 14 dead and dozens missing in Turkish coal mine explosion


Rescue teams work against the clock to find nearly a hundred operators trapped in a gallery located between 300 and 350 meters below sea level

At least 14 workers were killed on Friday and 28 were injured in an explosion recorded at 3 p.m. local time at a coal mine in Amasra, northwestern Turkey, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced. Rescue teams are now working against the clock to rescue dozens of workers trapped underground, in galleries between 300 and 350 meters below sea level.

Bartin’s governor, Nurtac Arslan, has confirmed the presence of 44 miners. It has also reported that several workers have already been rescued, some of whom have been taken to hospital. Sanitary personnel and firefighters have traveled to the site, according to the Anatolia agency. For its part, the rescue operation has nearly 150 troops, Turkish health minister Fahretin Koca has said.

After learning of the event, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the Ministers of Interior, Energy and Natural Resources and Labor and Social Security, Suleiman Soilu, Fatih Donmez and Vedat Bilgin, respectively, to travel to Amasra. Similarly, Bartin’s Attorney General has launched an investigation into what happened by assigning the case to three prosecutors. The Maden-Is mining union, quoted by local media, said the explosion was caused by a build-up of firedamp.

Source: La Verdad


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