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Turkey: Mine explosion leaves 282 dead, strike announced

May 15, 2014 - 6:20am

An explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, has caused the pit to collapse when 787 miners were underground, BBC reported.

The disaster has left at least 282 dead. Many miners have been rescued. A fire in the mine has hampered rescue activities and around 150 miners are still missing. Turkish trade unions have announced a one-day strike following the incident. Unions said the recent privatization of the mining industry has led to deteriorating working conditions, BBC reported.

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