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157 dead in Turkey mine blast, hundreds more trapped

Published on May 14, 2014 6:43 AM

SOMA, Turkey (AFP) - At least 157 miners have been killed and more than 200 remain trapped underground after an explosion and fire in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa on Tuesday, officials said.

“According to unofficial data, the death toll has reached 157 and 75 injured,” Manisa mayor Cengiz Ergun told CNN Turk television.
Official disaster response unit AFAD earlier put the death toll at 17 and 11 injured.

Local media said there were 580 people trapped in the mine at the time of the explosion but some had escaped.

Rescue workers are trying desperately to reach the scores of trapped miners and have managed to evacuate around 50, a security source told AFP.

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