Turkey mine disaster: Search ends as probe underway
Sunday, May 18, 2014
MANISA - Rescue teams have left the Soma coal mine as operations ended late Saturday after the last workers trapped underground were recovered in Turkey’s biggest-ever mining disaster.
Only labor inspectors, police and mine workers remain at the site, according to a statement from Soma Holding, the company which owns the mine in the western district of Soma where 301 workers died in Tuesday’s blast.
Inspectors have ordered that all activity underground be terminated after examining the mine.
The cause of the blast is yet unknown. Government officials have promised a thorough investigation.
Dozens of prosecutors were assigned on Friday to oversee post-mortem examinations.
Public resentment boiled over Friday into protests in Soma and major cities.
Over 480 workers survived the disaster, the government’s emergency agency has announced.
It is the deadliest mining accident in Turkey’s history surpassing a firedamp explosion that killed 263 miners in Zonguldak in 1992.
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