Source Pravda.Ru

Turkey in mourning as death toll in mine explosion climbs to over 280

The death toll from the explosion and fire in a coal mine in Turkey has climbed to 282. As many as 100 miners may still be trapped deep under the ground. The country has declared three days of mourning.

The disaster occurred in the coal mine near the town of Soma in Manisa province, some 250 km south of Istanbul. According to preliminary data, the accident occurred as a result of short circuit in a switchboard, which triggered an explosion of methane. A fire then broke out in the mine at the depth of two kilometers. The supply of electricity was discontinued, elevators were stopped, and people found themselves trapped. At the time of the explosion, there were 787 miners underground; as many as 300 of them managed to escape to safety on the surface.

"Over the past 12 hours no living person has been found in the mine. To date, forensic experts have completed the inspection of 217 bodies. The bodies have been delivered to their families for burial," Turkish Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz said.

Meanwhile, the Trade Union Confederation of Turkey called for a mass protest action. "Those who continue to pursue the policy of privatization, who cuts costs, endangering the lives of workers, are guilty of the mass murder in Soma and should be held accountable for that," spokespeople for the organization said in a statement.

Numerous actions of protest have gripped Turkey after the tragedy in Soma. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Ankara and Istanbul, accusing the authorities and representatives of the mining industry of criminal negligence and demanding the resignation of the government.

Comments
Russia to introduce criminal responsibility for those implementing anti-Russian sanctions
Yulia Skripal received toxic chemical injection while in a coma, Russian embassy officials say
It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine
It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine
It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine
G7 wants to hold Russia responsible for everything
Armenia's velvet revolution: Sold
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Russia's S-300 systems against Tomahawk missiles flying towards Syria
Russia's S-300 systems against Tomahawk missiles flying towards Syria
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Putin to sign new decree to spend ten trillion rubles on social needs
Putin to sign new decree to spend ten trillion rubles on social needs
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Unexploded Western missiles in Russia's hands: Russian air defenses to get even better
Russia may interrupt regular flights with USA
Russia to deliver S-300 air defence systems to Syria for free
G7 wants to hold Russia responsible for everything
Where does Russia keep her gold?
G7 wants to hold Russia responsible for everything
Where does Russia keep her gold?