More Than 200 Killed in Turkish Mining Disaster

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More Than 200 Killed in Turkish Mining Disaster


pump clean air into the mine shaft for those who remained trapped 2km below the surface and 4km from the entrance.

The mining company Soma Komur said it had taken maximum measures to ensure safety.

"Unfortunately, some of our workers have lost their lives in this tragic accident.

"The accident happened despite maximum safety measures and inspections, but we have been able to take prompt action," the statement said.

Energy Minister Yildiz promised the government would "not turn a blind eye" to negligence.

"We will do whatever necessary, including all administrative and legal steps," he said.

Turkey's ministry of labour and social security said the mine was last inspected on March 17 and was found to be compliant with safety regulations.

But Oktay Berrin, a miner, said workers were not protected underground.

"There is no security in this mine The unions are just puppets and our management only cares about money," he said.

Erdogan's office said he had cancelled a trip to Albania to visit the mine.

Speaking in Ankara, the leader expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to the families of those who died.

"Some of the workers have been rescued and I hope we will be able to rescue the others," Erdogan said. …

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