245 dead, about 450 rescued in Turkey mine blast

2014-05-14 19:44
Miners carry a rescued friend after an explosion and fire at a coal mine killed at least 17 miners and left up to 300 workers trapped underground, in Soma, in western Turkey. (AP,IHA)

Miners carry a rescued friend after an explosion and fire at a coal mine killed at least 17 miners and left up to 300 workers trapped underground, in Soma, in western Turkey. (AP,IHA)

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Ankara - Turkey put the death toll from the devastating mine blast at 245 on Wednesday, and a coal mine operator said nearly 450 of its workers had been rescued.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the ongoing fire and toxic carbon monoxide fumes were hampering rescue efforts at the mine in the western town of Soma.

The mine operator Soma Komur said in a statement that close to 450 of its workers had been rescued since the explosion on Tuesday.


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