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At least 44 dead, thousands displaced in massive Balkan floods

At least 44 dead, thousands displaced in massive Balkan floods

May 19, – Historic flooding in the Balkans sent tens of thousands of people scrambling to higher ground on Sunday and sparked concerns that landmines from the Bosnian war could surface in mudslides, putting rescuers’ lives at risk. “A vast number of landslides have worsened the situation and relief efforts,” the Red Cross said, describing […]

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Turkey charges three, detains 22 in mine disaster probe

Turkey charges three, detains 22 in mine disaster probe

May 19, – A Turkish court ordered three suspects to be kept in custody on Sunday on a provisional charge of “causing multiple deaths” in last week’s mine disaster, as the last of the 301 victims were buried. Of the remaining 22 people detained earlier, six suspects could face prosecution later. Questioning of the other […]

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Bosnia flooding causes landslides, destroys homes

Bosnia flooding causes landslides, destroys homes

May 18, – Record-high floods and landslides have swept away people, homes and roads in the Balkans over the past week, but in Bosnia another deadly menace is hiding in the flood rubble: land mines. Authorities have spent two decades trying to unearth the 1 million land mines planted during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. Before the […]

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Turkish search operations called off after last bodies found in coal mine

Turkish search operations called off after last bodies found in coal mine

May 17, – Turkish rescue workers have retrieved the bodies of the last two missing miners in the nation’s worst mining disaster, putting the final death toll at 301, the energy minister said Saturday. Taner Yildiz said 485 miners escaped or were rescued after Tuesday’s explosion and fire that devastated a coal mine in Soma, […]

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Severe flooding kills 20 in Balkans, thousands forced to flee homes

Severe flooding kills 20 in Balkans, thousands forced to flee homes

May 17, – At least 20 people were killed, tens of thousands evacuated, over 250,000 households left without power in what has been branded the ‘worst flooding’ on record across the Balkans. Officials in Bosnia say 12 people have died and more bodies could emerge as the water recedes from dozens of cities flooded in […]

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Turkey: Fire delays rescue work as death toll in mine disaster hits 299

Turkey: Fire delays rescue work as death toll in mine disaster hits 299

May 17, – The death toll in the Turkish mine explosion rose to 299, with three more workers still believed trapped in the depths of the Soma mine, Turkey’s energy minister said Saturday in a televised statement. Further complicating the efforts to find the workers, a new fire broke out in a separate part of […]

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Violent protest clashes in Turkey after mine blast kills over 280

Violent protest clashes in Turkey after mine blast kills over 280

May 16, – Turkish police have used tear gas and water cannon to dispel protesters in Soma. The town was the site of the country’s worst-ever mining disaster earlier this week that killed nearly 300 people. People were forced to scatter into side streets on Friday as police intervened during protests along a commercial street […]

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Turkish mine operator denies negligence in mine disaster

Turkish mine operator denies negligence in mine disaster

May 16, – The operator of a Turkish mine in which 284 people died this week and 18 remain trapped said on Friday the exact cause of a fire was still unclear but that a build-up of heat had caused a partial collapse in the plant. Rescuers were still trying to reach parts of the […]

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Mass funerals, mounting anger as Turkey mourns mine workers

Mass funerals, mounting anger as Turkey mourns mine workers

May 15, – Thousands gathered after noon prayers for the funerals of more than 40 of the mine workers at Soma’s main cemetery, where more than a hundred tightly packed graves have been newly dug. Much of the population around the town either works in or has relatives employed by the mining industry. Loudspeakers on […]

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Hopes fade for 150 miners still trapped after Turkish mine fire kills at least 282

Hopes fade for 150 miners still trapped after Turkish mine fire kills at least 282

May 15, – Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday, where 282 workers were confirmed killed and around 150 still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation’s worst ever industrial disaster. A Turkish minister says rescue teams working hard to find victims […]

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