Turkish government conceals exact number of mine accident victims

Turkish government conceals exact number of mine accident victims

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The Turkish government is concealing the exact number of the mine accident victims in the Manisa province, Turkish MP from Manisa province, member of the opposition Republican People's Party Hasan Oren said on May 16, Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported.

"Only the government knows the exact number of mine accident victims," he said.

He also stressed that the country's opposition parties have agreed not to use the mine tragedy for political purposes.
The death toll as a result of the mine accident in Turkey on May 13 has increased to 284.

"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 rubble.

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 previous worst mine accident in Turkey's history occurred in the province of Zonguldak in 1992, killing 263 workers.

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