(Bloomberg) — An explosion at a Turkish coal mine has killed at least 28 people, with rescue operations continuing for 15 miners who remained trapped.
There were 110 workers at the mine in the northern Bartin province when the explosion occurred on Friday, and 58 had been rescued, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Initial findings suggest a firedamp explosion, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was cited as saying by the state-run Anadolu Agency.
Turkey assigned three prosecutors to investigate the accident in the Amasra district of the province.
“Fifteen workers are still trapped, but their locations are known,” Donmez said. “Ten to eleven of them are at the fire zone, and four to five workers are near the wreckage.”
The mine accident is the deadliest since the Soma coal mine disaster in 2014, which killed 301 and caused clashes between police and protesters over the government’s response to the tragedy.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled his program in Diyarbakir scheduled for Saturday, and will be in Amasra, his communications director Fahrettin Altun said as he urged citizens to follow official statements and disregard disinformation on social media.