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All Turkish dailies on Wednesday dedicated their front pages to news about a mine explosion and fire in the district of Soma in Manisa province after an electrical fault on Tuesday afternoon, where more than 700 mineworkers were trapped inside a privately-run coal mine.
“Bad news” Daily HURRIYET headlined, adding, “300 mineworkers trapped behind a flame wall without oxygen.”
Daily SABAH’s logo was black on Wednesday, and headlined “Turkey cries,” adding that official sources declare the death toll at 151 with over 200 people still trapped in the mine.
“Time race,” daily STAR said. The newspaper reported that an electrical fault occurred in the Toma Madencilik mine, which has around 6500 workers.
HURRIYET DAILY NEWS ran with the headline “Hundreds trapped, many killed in mine after explosion." The newspaper reported that some miners were hospitalized in the region and the rescue efforts were ongoing.
“Black scene,” daily MILLIYET headlined, adding that around 157 people died, 200 were trapped and 75 were injured. The daily also reported that miners' relatives, who gathered in front of the mine, said the death toll would increase.
Daily HABERTURK headlined “Black day,” adding, Turkey is praying for the miners as rescuers race against time. The newspaper quoted Turkey’s energy minister Taner Yildiz, “Our 151 brothers were martyred, and there are 787 workers still in the mine.”
“Our heart hurts,” said daily VATAN. The newspaper reported that the explosion occurred during a change in shifts, and caused a fire. “Hundreds of workers trapped in the 3.5 km tunnels," the newspaper reported.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2014, 10:53