14 dead and 50 trapped underground after mine explosion in Turkey

The explosion happened at the TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu state-owned mine in the city of Amasra, in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin.

Rescue attempts are underway to rescue those still trapped in the mine (Image: Getty Images)

A massive explosion at a coal mine in Turkey killed 14 people.

About 50 others are trapped underground and desperate efforts are underway to rescue them.

Turkey’s interior minister confirmed the death toll tonight.

Around 28 people were also injured in the blast, Suleyman Soylu told local media.

He told reporters that the “really deplorable situation” has resulted in some miners fleeing on their own, but others still need to be rescued.

The explosion happened at the TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu state-owned mine in the city of Amasra, in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin.

Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said the blast was likely caused by firedamp, a reference to flammable gases found in coal mines.

According to Mr Soylu, who traveled to Amasra to coordinate the rescue operation, 110 people were inside the mine at the time of the blast.

epa10244236 Paramedics and miners carry a wounded miner to an ambulance at the blast site after an explosion occurred at a coal mine in Bartin, Turkey, October 14, 2022. Turkey's Health Ministry Fahrettin Koca said there have been two dead and 20 injured so far. Bartin Governor Nurtac Arslan said 49 workers were underground shortly after the blast. EPA/DEPO PHOTOS

A huge rescue attempt is underway to rescue those still trapped inside the mine (Image: EPA)

BARTIN, TURKIYE - OCTOBER 14: A coal miner is rescued by a search and rescue team while ambulances and firefighters operate at the scene of the explosion after an explosion occurred at a coal mine in Turkiye's northern Bartin province on October 14, 2022 . (Photo by Gokhan Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Huge crowds have gathered to await further news of loved ones or to offer help (Image: Getty Images)

The explosion happened at the TTK Amasra Muessese Mudurlugu state-owned mine in the city of Amasra, in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin.

A wounded miner is brought to safety by rescue workers (Image: EPA)

Most workers were able to exit the mine after the blast, but 49 were trapped in a “high-risk” area of ​​the plant, the minister said.

Several rescue teams have been dispatched to the area, including from neighboring provinces. According to media reports, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled a planned visit to south-eastern Turkey and would travel to Amasra instead.

The private news agency DHA quoted a worker who fled the mine as saying he felt “pressure” but couldn’t see because of the dust and dirt.

People rushed to the mine to receive news of trapped friends or colleagues, DHA reported.

The trapped miners are reportedly stuck in two separate areas between 300 and 350 meters underground, reports DigitalJournal.

In Turkey’s worst mining disaster in 2014, a total of 301 people died in a fire at a coal mine in the city of Soma in western Turkey.

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