70 dead after explosion and fire at Turkish coal mine

More people trapped as rescuers work through the night


ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s disaster management agency has raised the death toll from a mining accident in the west of the country to 70.

It was not immediately clear how many more miners were believed still trapped in the coal mine in the town of Soma, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Istanbul.

Authorities say the disaster Tuesday followed an explosion and fire caused by a power distribution centre.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the situation was “worrisome” and rescue efforts would last until the morning.

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