Protests erupt in Turkey over deadly coal mine explosion

May 15, 2014 12:38 pm

m_Protests erupt in Turkey over deadly coal mine explosion

Soma 15th May 2014: Protests has erupted against the government in Turkey over the deadly coal mine explosion in the country’s western city of Soma that has left at least 282 people dead.

The explosion occurred at around 3:30 p.m. local time (12.30 GMT) on Tuesday. The disaster followed an explosion and fire caused by a power distribution unit and the deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the officials.

About 450 people have been rescued so far. But scores of miners are still trapped underground. Protesters accused the government of not doing enough to rescue those still trapped in the mine.

Accidents are common in Turkey’s mining industry, which is caused by poor safety conditions.

Tuesday’s explosion is considered as the worst such incident in the history of the country.

A similar incident occurred in Turkey in 1992, in which 263 miners were killed near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced three days of national mourning over the deadly incident.

“I just want everybody to know that the disaster will be investigated in every aspect and will continue to be investigated and we are not going to allow any negligence, or leave any stone unturned,” he said.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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