Turkey declares three days of mourning over mine disaster

People cry after their relatives died in an explosion in Manisa on May 13, 2014. Turkey has declared three days of national mourning after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine, one of Turkey's worst industrial disasters, th
People cry after their relatives died in an explosion in Manisa on May 13, 2014. Turkey has declared three days of national mourning after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine, one of Turkey's worst industrial disasters, the prime minister's office said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey has declared three days of national mourning after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine, one of Turkey's worst industrial disasters, the prime minister's office said on Wednesday.

"Three days of national mourning have been declared as of May 13 due to the mine disaster in Soma" in western Turkey, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.

Flags will be flown at half mast, it added.

Turkey mine blast map