At least 40 people have been killed and 11 hospitalized in an explosion at a coal mine in northern Turkey, state news media reported Saturday.
The explosion took place on Friday in the Black Sea town of Amasara in Bartin province, trapping dozens of people under the debris.
Eleven injured workers were treated in hospital, state news agency Anadolu said, citing a statement from the country’s Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu.
Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said the fire after the explosion was largely under control, Anadolu reported.
Rescuers worked through the night as the death toll rose, with video footage from the scene showing miners blacked out and eyes closed.
There were 110 people in the mine at the time of the explosion, said Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, who went to Amasara to coordinate search and rescue operations.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the blast.
“We are doing our best to heal the injuries as soon as possible,” Koca told reporters.
“I wish God’s mercy on every one of them.”
The disaster fueled public anger and dissatisfaction with the government’s response to the tragedy.