At Least 201 Killed, Hundreds Trapped by Coal Mine Explosion


Energy Minister Yildiz says 201 miners have lost their lives and 80 injured so far in the coal mine fire in Turkey’s western Manisa province.

The coal mine fire in the west of Turkey has killed 201 miners and trapped hundreds underground, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has said early on Wednesday, in what might become the biggest mining disaster in Turkish history.

An explosion and fire in the district of Soma in Manisa province followed an electrical fault on Tuesday afternoon.

Yildiz said 363 miners out of 787 who work at the privately-owned mine have been accounted for, including those who died and the 80 people rescued with injuries – four of them in critical condition.

The explosion took place during a shift changeover, Yildiz already underscored, heightening concerns that the death toll may rise.