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Coal Mine Blast: 25 people dead and dozens trapped in Turkey

Turkey: At least 25 people were killed and dozens trapped in an explosion inside a coal mine in Turkey on Friday. At the same time, the country’s Home Minister Suleiman Soylu has informed that about 50 people are still trapped in the mine, efforts are being made to bring them out.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Turkey: At least 25 people were killed and dozens trapped in an explosion inside a coal mine in Turkey on Friday. At the same time, the country’s Home Minister Suleiman Soylu has informed that about 50 people are still trapped in the mine, efforts are being made to bring them out.

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The explosion took place at the state-owned TTK Amasara Musee Mudurlugu mine in the city of Amasara in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin. Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said the explosion may have been caused by flammable gases found in the coal mines.

Home Minister Soylu, who arrived in Amasara to coordinate during the rescue operation, told reporters that around 110 people were present inside the mine at the time of the blast. The minister said most of the workers were able to come out of the mine after the blast. But despite this, about 50 people remained trapped in the high-risk area of ​​the mine.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would cancel all his other arrangements and fly to the scene of the accident on Saturday. “Our hope is that the loss of life will not increase further, that our miners will be found alive,” Erdogan said in a tweet. “All of our efforts are aimed in this direction.”

Turkey’s disaster management agency AFAD said rescue teams called from the region, including neighboring provinces, had been sent to the scene. Media reports said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has canceled his previously scheduled visit to southeast Turkey. He will now go to Amasara.

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The private DHA news agency quoted a laborer briefing Governor Arslan about the incident as how he came out of the mine on his own. He described how much he was feeling ‘pressure’, apart from the dust and debris that caused nothing to be seen properly.

The DHA said in its report that many people have reached the spot to inform about the well being of friends or colleagues and family members trapped in the mine. Let us tell you that earlier there was the biggest accident in the mine of Soma city of Turkey, due to which about 301 people died due to fire.

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