Turkey mining disaster death toll reaches 299
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The death toll in Turkey's mining disaster has reached 299, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yildiz told journalists on May 17, Milliyet newspaper reported.
The minister also said that three miners are still trapped under the rubble.
Yildiz earlier noted that the death toll in the mining disaster can reach 300.
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 mining 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.