Explosion at mine in Turkey kills 28, traps dozens of workers underground

Explosion at mine in Turkey kills 28, traps dozens of workers underground

Rescuers are trying to save dozens of workers still trapped underground after the explosion at a coal mine in north-west Turkey where President Recep is going on Saturday, Tayyip Erdogan, left at least 28 dead and 28 injured.

“Our wish is that the loss of life is no higher and that our miners can be saved,” Erdogan wished in a tweet published on Friday evening.

The blast occurred at 18:15 local time (15:15 GMT) on Friday at a mine in the Black Sea coast town of Amasra and claimed the lives of 28 people, according to a new report shared by the Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Twitter, who said 11 people who had come out of the mine were being treated in hospital.

Rescue teams worked hard to rescue dozens of workers stranded in tunnels 300 and 350 meters below sea level.

According to Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, 49 of the 110 minors who were there at the time of the blast were trapped underground.

“We are faced with a really sad picture,” said Mr Soylu, who urgently went to the scene of the tragedy, accompanied by Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez.

“According to initial observations, it is a gas explosion,” explained Mr. Donmez.

Afad, Turkey’s state disaster management agency, first tweeted that a faulty transformer was the cause of the blast, before recanting, stating that methane had ignited for “unknown reasons”.

– Frequent accidents at work –

Images broadcast by Turkish media from the mine’s entrance showed family members of stranded miners, many in tears, as rescuers gave oxygen to the workers released from the mine and transported them to the nearest hospitals.

“I don’t know what happened,” a miner, who came out of the tunnel unharmed on his own, told the Anadolu news agency. “There was suddenly pressure and I couldn’t see anything”

Because the explosion happened just before sunset, the darkness slowed rescue operations.

“Almost half of the workers were evacuated. Most are fine, but there are also serious injuries,” Amasra Mayor Recai Cakir told Turkish private broadcaster NTV.

According to the local governor, a team of more than 70 people managed to reach a point in the well about 250 meters deep. It is unclear whether rescuers can get closer to the trapped workers.

An accident investigation was opened by the local prosecutor’s office.

Accidents at work are common in Turkey, where strong economic development over the past decade has often been at the expense of safety regulations, particularly in construction and mining.

The country became brutally aware of this in a 2014 accident in Soma in the west of the country, when 301 miners died in a coal mine after an explosion and fire that caused a well to collapse caused the death.

Five mine officials convicted of negligence had been sentenced to up to 22 years and six months in prison by Turkish courts.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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