Bodies of all miners recovered from rubble of Ermenek mine
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.4
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The bodies of all the miners have been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed mine near the Ermenek town of Turkey's Karaman province, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Dec.4.
Rock collapse with subsequent flooding occurred at a mine near Ermenek town, Karaman province in the south of Turkey on Oct. 28. At the time of the collapse, some 40 miners were inside, most managed to get out. Around 18 miners were crushed to death under the rubble.
Bodies of six miners were recovered from the rubble on Nov.18.
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 all work accidents occur at mines in the country.
In the first four months of 2014, some 1,235 people have been killed as a result of the work-related accidents in Turkey, 103 of them were females.
The previous worst mine accident in Turkey's history occurred in the province of Zonguldak in 1992, killing 263 workers, as well as the mine accident in the Manisa province which left 301 miners dead.
Edited by SI
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu