Over 200 have been reported dead after an explosion rocked the western Turkish province of Manisa, followed by a fire outbreak in a coal mine, with four seriously injured.
The increased death toll was as a result of rescue operations, leaving out over 500 of the total number of 787 mine workers who got trapped during their duties.
The explosion which is though to have been caused by an electrical fault that left the elevators unusable and the miners standed inside due to power outage, might bring about further increase in the death toll, the Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, revealing that many victims may die/have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The mine in Soma which is around 120km northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, have family members and fellow workers gathered outside the town’s hospital waiting for information.
Rescue workers pumped oxygen into the mine to keep those trapped by the blaze alive.