Hundreds of workers were trapped after an explosion sparked an underground fire at the Eynez coal mine in Turkey’s Manisa province on Tuesday, May 13. Rescue workers raced to extract the miners as

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Hundreds of workers were trapped after an explosion sparked an underground fire at the Eynez coal mine in Turkey’s Manisa province on Tuesday, May 13. Rescue workers raced to extract the miners as the fire consumed oxygen in the tunnels. On Wednesday morning the death toll climbed to over 200, with Energy Minister Taner Yildiz refusing to give the number of miners that remained trapped underground during a press conference.

This video shows Manisa Mayor Cengiz Ergun visiting the mine as crowds are gathered at the entrance. Credit: YouTube/Manisa Municipal Council

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