The worst mine tragedy in the history of Turkey

Turkey is faced with the worst mine disaster in its history. Up to Tuesday afternoon they had pulled out 238 dead from the galleries of the mine in Soma district of Magnesia, in western Turkey.

There are fears for the number of victims increasing as there are at least another 200 workers unaccounted for. Most miners died from lack of oxygen in the mine shafts, since the fire has not been extinguished and the rescue teams are unable to approach the area in which the workers are trapped.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the crash was caused by a transformer explosion , accompanied by a fire that has not yet been extinguished.

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