Search and rescue operations continue in Turkey's mine disaster

Friday, May 16, 2014

Operations are continuing in Soma, western Turkey, under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency

Operations are continuing in Soma, western Turkey, under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency

ANKARA - Search and rescue operations are continuing in Soma, western Turkey, in the aftermath of country’s worst mining disaster, which has left 284 dead so far.

According to the prime ministry and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, 1,489 personnel are still involved in the operations to locate survivors in the coal mine along with an ambulance helicopter, ambulances and five logistic helicopters.

A statement released by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said its president, Fuat Oktay, arrived at scene of the disaster shortly after it happened, along with Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, in order to coordinate operations and to closely follow the situation.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency is an umbrella authority that is responsible for coordinating efforts in disasters and emergencies. The authority also collaborates with other Turkish ministries and non-governmental organizations, depending on the nature and magnitude of the disaster or emergency.

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