Coal mine disaster in Turkey again

This video of today is called Report: 23 Trapped In Turkish Mine Collapse.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

TURKEY: Eighteen coalminers are missing believed trapped underground in the southern town of Ermenek, in Karaman province, after a pit shaft collapsed yesterday.

Provincial Governor Murat Koca said that flooding inside the mine shaft might have caused the collapse.

From Associated Press:

ANKARA, Turkey — Oct 28, 2014, 12:13 PM ET


Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation’s poor workplace safety standards.

Initial reports said flooding inside the Has Sekerler mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province caused a cave-in, but subsequent reports workers were trapped by the water. Turkey’s emergency management agency, AFAD, said a broken pipe in the mine caused the flooding but did not elaborate.

Gov. Murat Koca said about 20 other workers escaped or were rescued from the mine, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast

Sahin Uyar, an official at the privately owned coal mine, told private NTV television that the miners were stuck more than 300 meters (330 yards) underground. …

Uyar said the trapped workers’ chances of survival were slim unless they had managed to reach a safety gallery. …

In May, a fire inside a coal mine in the western town of Soma killed 301 miners in Turkey’s worst mining disaster. The fire exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in many of the country’s mines.

5 thoughts on “Coal mine disaster in Turkey again

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    According to his brother, Yalcin, the accident was a result of negligence by the private coal company. Another miner who survived the accident confirms the claim of negligence. He told the press the chains should be replaced every six months but had not been changed for three years.

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