Baku, Azerbaijan, May 15
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish President Abdullah Gul and government members have today arrived in the country's Manisa province, where a mine explosion occurred, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel reported on May 15.
Gul and the country's government members will get acquainted with the situation at the mine.
The death toll as a result of the mine accident in Turkey on May 13, has increased to 282.
The rescue operations are underway, however, few chances remain to rescue the miners, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz said earlier.
Currently, over 90 people remain under the rubbles.
Turkey has announced a three day mourning period for victims of the mining accident.
In total, there are 740 coal mines and 48,706 miners in Turkey.
Over 3,000 people have been killed and over 100,000 have received various injuries since 1941 to the present day in the mine accidents in Turkey.
Some 10.4 percent of the total number of the work accidents occurs at mines in Turkey.
In the first four months of 2014, some 1,235 people were killed as a result of the work accidents in Turkey, 103 of them were female.
The worst mine accident in Turkey's history occurred in the province of Zonguldak in 1992, killing 263 workers.
Edited by C.N.