Explosion in a mine in Turkey: 28 dead, 15 people included

Explosion in a mine in Turkey: 28 dead, 15 people included

Anxious waiting for families continues Saturday morning near a damaged coal mine in north-west Turkey, which is billowing with thick smoke and still trapping about fifteen people after a firestorm that killed at least 28 and injured 28 official reports.

“58 of our miners were able to come out unharmed. We estimate that 15 miners are below (stuck) and we are trying to rescue them,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told several other government officials on Saturday morning.

Mr Soylu had previously mentioned the number of 49 people stuck in the mine.

According to Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez, also on site, “a fire broke out in one of the galleries after the explosion”.

Head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced himself “in the afternoon” without further information on the spot and should first go to the bedside of the wounded, who is being evacuated to a hospital in Istanbul, an official of the AFP news agency said.

More than 16 hours after the blast, which occurred at 18:15 local time (15:15 GMT) on Friday evening, the latest available report shows that 28 dead and 28 injured were evacuated to various hospitals, including the one in Istanbul.

– state of shock –

Since the previous evening, relatives of the injured miners have been waiting for news in pain and many in tears at the entrance of the mine, which is covered in thick gray smoke, an AFP photographer noted.

Ambulances are waiting outside the shaft entrance to attend to any injured who are being taken upstairs.

A shocked woman had to be evacuated by emergency services, others pray and lean against the cordons surrounding the crime scene.

The miners themselves help with the rescue: “We brought up the bodies of our comrades, it’s terrible for us,” said one of them in an interview with the private Turkish broadcaster NTV.

“Our first observations indicate that some of our friends (miners) died from the high pressure and heat of the explosion,” the energy minister said.

The rugged galleries are 300 and 350 meters below sea level.

More than 110 miners were there at the time of the blast.

“Our wish is that the loss of human life is not higher and that our miners can be saved,” Erdogan said in a message on Twitter on Friday evening.

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 –

“I don’t know what happened,” one of the first miners to get out of the mine unharmed on his own told Anadolu Agency. “There was a sudden pressure and I couldn’t see anything,” he said.

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 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.

Turkish courts had sentenced five mine officials to prison terms of up to 22 years and six months, convicted of negligence.

Reference: www.guadeloupe.franceantilles.fr

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