At Least 40 Dead & Dozens More Trapped After Explosion Inside Coal Mine In Turkey

At least 40 people have died in an explosion in a coal mine in Turkey - dozens more are reportedly still trapped inside.

The tragedy occurred at the TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu mine
The tragedy occurred at the TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu mine

An explosion at the state-owned TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu mine in the town of Amasra occurred at around 6:45pm last night, Friday 14 October.


Rescue workers have been at the scene throughout the night attempting to pull survivors trapped underneath the surface to safety.



At the time of the explosion, 110 people were believed to have been inside the mine. Turkey's energy minister said the eruption was caused by firedamp - a reference to flammable gases found at the site.


Emergency services worked tirelessly throughout the night
Emergency services worked tirelessly throughout the night

Officials confirmed that 17 people have also been injured, including eight who are currently in intensive care.


Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that most of the workers managed to evacuate following the blast, but 49 were trapped in a high-risk area of the facility.



He said: "We are faced with a picture that we truly regret, that we regret to have to share with the public."


Friends and relatives of those in the mine gathered outside the facility waiting for news on their loved ones.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was heading to Amasra to coordinate the rescue efforts

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled his planned visit to Diyarbakir and said he was travelling to Amasra to coordinate the rescue operation personally.


President Erdogan said: "Our hope is that the loss of life does not increase further, that our miners are saved.


"All our efforts are geared in that direction."


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