Death toll in Soma mine collapse in Turkey increases to 274 (UPDATE)

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Details were added (First version was published at 21:39)

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 14
By Trend:

The death toll as a result of yesterday's mine collapse in Turkey's Manisa province, has increased to 274 people, Turkish TRT TV channel quoted the country's Minister of energy Taner Yildiz as saying on May 14.

Earlier it was announced about 245 death.

Turkey has announced a three day mourning period for victims of the mining accident, the Turkish Cabinet of Ministers said on May 14.

Turkish flags will fly at half staff in the country, as well as in all the diplomatic missions for the three day mourning period, according to the Cabinet of Ministers.

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.

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