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Coal mine pit collapsed in Soma, Turkey

A coal pit collapsed in Soma of western Turkey. About 205 miners were killed in the incident and the search operation is still on.

May 15, 2014 11:11 IST
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Soma of Turkey: Coal pit collapsed
A coal pit in Soma of western Turkey collapsed after an explosion on 14 May 2014. The collapse killed at least 274 miners and the rescuers are still hunting for the other missing persons.
        
Dozens of miners escaped the collapse of Soma that is located 450 kilometers from Ankara. As per the officials, about 100 more miners are unaccounted.


The rescue efforts were hampered due to fire and toxic carbon monoxide fumes at the mine. As per the reports, 787 people were at work in the mine at the time of the accident in the mine or which 363 have been rescued. The incident took place due to electrical fault.
    
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey announced three days of mourning for one of the most deadly mining disaster in Turkey.

Previous such a big disaster of Turkey was reported in 1992 in which about 263 miners were killed near Zonguldak (a city on the western coast of the Black Sea).

 

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