157 dead, hundreds injured trapped in Turkey’s coal mine explosion

May 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

May 13, – Turkey’s disaster management agency has raised the death toll from a mining accident in the west of the country to 157. It was not immediately clear how many more miners were believed still trapped in the coal mine in the town of Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul.

hromedia 157 dead, hundreds injured trapped in Turkey’s coal mine explosion eu news2Authorities say the disaster Tuesday followed an explosion and fire caused by a power distribution center.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the situation was “worrisome” and rescue efforts would last until the morning.

200 remain trapped underground after an explosion in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa on Tuesday, officials said.

Turkey’s disaster and management agency AFAD in its latest report also said there were at least 1l miners injured.

Rescue workers are trying desperately to reach the scores of trapped miners and have managed to evacuate around 50, a security source told the press.

The source said there are two air pockets in the mine, one of which was open so rescuers were able to reach the workers, but the second was blocked with workers trapped inside.

An explosion at the mine in Soma district was believed to have been triggered by a faulty electrical transformer at around 1230 GMT.

Hundreds of people, mostly from the mining company, were gathered around the explosion site as rescuers brought out wounded workers, who were having difficulty breathing and coughing due to the dust.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo contributed to this report.

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