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Death toll reaches 200 in Turkey mine explosion

Istanbul - A total of 201 people were dead after a Turkish coal mine explosion started an underground fire, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said early Wednesday.

Hundreds of workers were trying to free miners still trapped, a day after the fire broke out with 787 miners underground.

Estimates of the number of missing ranged from 200 to 300.

Emergency responders extinguished the fire Tuesday but were still battling to clear heavy smoke from the tunnels more than 2 kilometres underground.

The accident at Soma, in Manisa province, is believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction at a distribution unit.

DPA


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