Turkey Mine Blast: There has been news of an explosion in a coal mine in northern Turkey. 22 people have been reported dead in the blast. With this, dozens of people have been injured. According to media reports, the Turkish Health Minister said that at least 22 people have died in an explosion inside a coal mine in northern Turkey. He said rescue teams were trying to bring to the surface dozens of other people trapped inside the mine.
Where did the explosion happen?
The explosion took place on Friday at the state-run TTK Amasara Musese Mudurlugu mine in the city of Amasara in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin. Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said preliminary assessments indicated the explosion was probably caused by a fireamp.
‘110 people were present in the mine at the time of the explosion’
Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, who went to Amasara to coordinate the rescue operation, said 110 people were present in the mine at the time of the blast. The minister said that most of the workers were able to escape after the blast, but 49 people were trapped in the high-risk area. Suleiman Soylu has still not given the number of people trapped inside. However, he said that some of the 49 have been safely evacuated.
Today the President will visit the accident site
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that 22 people had died in the blast. He did not say how many people were injured by the mine, but said eight were in critical condition. Turkey’s disaster management agency AFAD said that several rescue teams have been sent to the region, including neighboring provinces. With this, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will reach the crash site on Saturday.
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