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Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

Turkey mining explosion: death toll reaches 282, over 150 miners still missing

Rescue teams have recovered more victims from a coal mine in western Turkey, raising the death toll in Turkey’s worst mining disaster to 282, a government minister said Thursday.

While Turkey searches for survivors from the mining explosions, protests return to the streets in Turkey photo twitter  https://twitter.com/WilliamsJon/status/341490791224578048/photo/1

While Turkey searches for survivors from the mining explosions, protests return to the streets in Turkey
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Hopes are fleeting for some 150 other miners trapped underground, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters. He added  that rescue efforts were focusing on two areas inside the mine, two-thirds of a mile underground; it is unlikely that there will be any survivors.

Government officials confirmed that 787 people were inside the coal mine in the town of Soma at the time of the explosion and 363 were rescued, including countless who were injured.

The death toll topped a 1992 gas explosion that killed 263 workers near Turkey’s Black Sea port of Zonguldak to become the worst mining disaster in the country’s history.

Anti-government protests broke out Wednesday in the mining town of Soma, as well as Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan heckled as he tried to show concern. Protesters shouted “Murderer!” and “Thief!” and Erdogan was forced to seek refuge, surrounded by police.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “God will offer urgent remedy and care” for injured persons.” He has declared that the country will enter in three days of mourning for the losses.

Rescues were impaired by the fire that was still burning. Oxygen was pumped into the mine in hopes that trapped miners would not suffocate from smoke inhalation.

Search and rescue official Taner Yildiz said, “Our hopes are diminishing.”

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