Turkey, explosion in a mine: at least 25 dead, dozens of people still trapped

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At least 25 people died in the explosion of a coal mine yesterday, October 14, in northwestern Turkey, in Amasra, a coastal city on the Black Sea. Rescuers are trying to reach the dozens of miners who are still underground. , looking for survivors. According to Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, 110 miners were there at the time of the explosion. Today the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected.

The explosion in the Turkish mine

The explosion, the cause of which has not yet been understood, tore open the site in northwestern Turkey, near the port city of Amasra, on the Black Sea at around 6.15 pm local time. The miners remained. trapped hundreds of meters underground: according to the first reconstructions, some were stuck in tunnels located 350 meters below sea level, others at 300. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu specified, speaking to journalists, that “in all 110 of our brothers were working (underground). Some of them went out alone and some of them were saved. ” The victims are at least 25, but the fear is that the count could increase given the fact that dozens of people are still stuck underground. Rescuers are looking for signs of life. The minister added that some miners extracted alive are hospitalized.

Erdogan’s visit

The accident is one of the most serious at work in recent years in Turkey. The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected on the spot today. “We are really facing a sad picture,” said Minister Suleyman Soylu, who visited Amasra together with the Energy Minister. At the entrance to the mine, in addition to the rescue and medical teams, the families of the trapped miners gathered. The Turkish state disaster management agency Afad initially announced on Twitter that the cause of the explosion was a faulty transformer, but later retracted the statement.