After an explosion in a coal mine in the Bartin province of northern Turkey, at least 28 people were killed and dozens more are still missing.
Friday’s blast killed almost half of the 110 miners who were underground, and all of them were deeper than 300 metres.
According to Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s minister of health, 11 people have been rescued and are currently receiving medical attention.
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Through the night, rescuers chipped away at the rocky terrain in an effort to locate any additional survivors.
Miners are seen emerging from the facility in Amasra, on the Black Sea coast, with rescuers by their sides, blackened and bleary-eyed.
Members of the missing people’s families and friends were also present at the mine, waiting for word on their loved ones.
About 300 metres in depth is where the explosion is assumed to have happened. Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu reported that 49 people were working in the “risky” area between 300 and 350 metres (985 and 1,150 feet) below ground.
Mr. Soylu told reporters, “There are those whom we were not able to evacuate from that area.”
The local prosecutor’s office has started their investigation into the explosion’s cause, but they haven’t found anything yet.
The energy minister of Turkey has stated that preliminary investigations point to firedamp, a methane-based explosive mixture that forms in coal mines, as the likely cause of the explosion. A truly regrettable situation, he said, has arisen.
He also noted that there were no active fires and that the ventilation system was functioning normally, but that there had been some collapses inside the mine.
On Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, is scheduled to visit the area.
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It has been reported that many of the survivors in Amasra have “serious injuries,” according to the city’s mayor.
Independently evacuating staff member: “There was dust and smoke and we don’t know exactly what happened.”
Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises, a state-owned company, operates the mine. An explosion in the western Turkish town of Soma’s coal mine killed 301 people in 2014, making it the deadliest such incident in Turkey’s history.